I don't think it's so much that, I've sort of had a look inside Education departments and I just think it is more of a lackadaisical attitude that these people take. It's hard to have much enthusiasm working in the average govt department, trust me, so there's no incentive to excel, no incentive to do a really good job, and with the heavy bureaucracy when decisions are made about how to educate the kids often it can almost be a "whatever, yeah that'll do" and a "come on, just make a decision, it's 3:30 and I want to go home". You can't expect much from public schooling and never will be able to imo. Private schooling? Imo there needs to be more competition. You need to have schools competing for students to much chance for excellence. But I tend to think the Private system is weighed down by regulations imposed upon it by govt. It's the old socialism problem, provide the same level of education for everyone and you get lowest common denominator. At the same time we don't want good education being the exclusive abode of those who can afford it. I don't know what the solution is, but if I had a kid I'd be seriously considering home schooling. I think it could be done in less time and that you generally don't need to spend 6 hours a day educating your kid as schools do.