Mixed bag of public schools
I have worked in various capacities in the public schools, including sub-teacher. Like most anything, there is good and bad. But in my general experience, students parents are the backbone of any childs discipline and education.
Having structure and discipline in their daily lives as early as four years old forms many eventually personality traits. Failure in this can contribute to trouble down the road. Poor school attendance, completion of most any task, unruly behavior, ability to stay focused on any one thing, etc are the products of this missing ingredient in youth. My child has some of these traits. And I accept responsibility. I put my carreer ahead of my child in effect with this hindsight.
At the same time, an older child did well in school and appeared to stay on task throughout his remedial academic carreer. However, one day while reading to me from an instruction book in helping me setup a home computer network, I discovered he had very poor reading abilities. Although he made it through high school with all A's and B's his reading abilitiy did not reflect his posted grades. He was seemingly pushed through.
The reality is it is our fault is something is not found or done soon enough to help our children in school. I did not offer enough daily structure in my youngest sons daily life, and I did not monitor and help in my oldest sons school work. If I had, the likelihood of their problems would be nil or trivial in result.
My jest is it happens on both sides of the fence. Teachers have them in a classroom with dozens of other children for short periods of time. And we parents have them in our homes and general "jurisdiction" the remainder of the time. Yes, there are teachers who afford limited care and effort in their job. But it is our job to recognize and compensate our children however we can, whenever we can, when the schools are not teaching academics. It is our responsibility to teach discipline, respect, and behavioral skills.
All said, I thank BCA for being there and helping my child where I have failed. If successful, and I expect they will, everyone will be the better from it.