Evidence begs to differ.
Soon after DeVos was nominated, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, took to the pages of the New York Daily News to preach doom. She proclaimed DeVos is "a grave threat" to the public schools "that made America great." She wrote that those schools are "the places where we prepare the nation's young people…to contribute. They are where we forge a common culture out of America's rich diversity."
Such rhetoric isn't new. That public schooling is the "bedrock of our democracy," as political theorist Benjamin Barber once put it, is a time-honored proclamation. But it is almost never backed with rigorous evidence, and it flies in the face of history.
Before the late 1830s when the "common school" movement began, few colonies or states had much government furnished schooling. Even in those that did, it was not much like what we consider public schooling. There was little compulsory attendance, it wasn't supposed to be tuition-free, and the education was overtly religious.Read more at WashingtonExaminer