Public schools in the United States
Public schools in the United States are liberal and atheistic government institutions that employ 3 million people and spend $411.5 billion annually at a cost of $10,770 per student. Spoken prayer, the Ten Commandments, and sharing of faith are expressly forbidden in public schools' classrooms during school hours, and teaching of morality is implicitly disfavored. Homosexual indoctrination is common as early as elementary school in more liberal states.
The following are characteristics of public schools:
- 30% fail to graduate from high school, and more than 40% of minorities fail to graduate; the real drop-out rate may be 50%
- Nearly 70% leave high school unqualified to go on to four-year college.
- 77% have used illicit drugs. Fatal overdoses are common but underreported; public schools are required to present drug "education" to kids
- More than 60% of public school teenagers (in one regional study) watch more than 3 hours of television a day, compared with a national average of 35%
- About half of the pregnancies among girls attending public school end in abortions and about half end in birth. Public schools "educate" kids about sex.
- "About 160,000 students miss school daily because they fear being bullied," and students viciously fight each other and post videos of it on Youtube.com.
- 20% go on dangerous "binge drinking," and 50% drink illegally
- 10-20% become addicted to cigarettes
- 35% are overweight
- Nearly 10% have mental health problems
- More than 10% of public high schools have a pro-homosexual student club
- The majority of public school students are completely ignorant about the Bible, even as history and literature
- California public schools, largest in the nation, now rank at the bottom in academic achievement. 
- 1 History
- 2 Views on morals
- 3 Educational outcomes
- 4 Graduates
- 5 References
- 6 See Also
In 1647, Massachusetts Puritans enacted the second law, after Scotland in 1616, establishing universal public schools in the English-speaking world to block the attempts by "ould deluder Satan to keepe men from the whole knowledge of the Scriptures". Each settlement larger than 50 families was required to pay a schoolmaster to teach reading, writing and religious doctrine to the children in the community. Beginning in 1670, Massachusetts provided tax funding for school maintenance. This model was then copied throughout the colonies, and even throughout the world.
Many children did not attend public school for the first two centuries. It was not until 1852 that Massachusetts became the first state to require attendance by students aged 6 through 16, and it was not until 1918 that all states had compulsory attendance laws. High schools did not generally exist until after the Civil War, and the first American kindergarten didn't exist until 1856 in Watertown, Wisconsin.
In the United Kingdom, the term "public school" means the exact opposite of its American usage, and refers to the most expensive and prestigious private schools, such as Eton College, Harrow, and a few others. The term public was used because the school was open to all public applicants, albeit ones that could afford to pay the fees. The UK equivalent of US public schools are called state schools which provide education for free to all pupils.
The first UK state school, Beverley Grammar School, was founded in 700AD. Despite the fact that around 90% of UK children are educated at one, state schools are looked down upon and derided. This is especially so of the 'Bog Standard Comprehensive' where images of teachers wearing stab vests and knife arches and invoked.
Views on morals
So-called "character education"
In response to the perception that public schools have stopped teaching morality, many state education departments have or are in the process of developing "morality" that avoid good and evil, right and wrong, and instead present under the heading of "character" education. The lack of appreciation for right and wrong can surprise outsiders, and even school principals. When one public school student was charged with felony computer crime for altering the grades of 20 students, the principal said, we "want to teach them what's right and wrong, and it's tough for some kids to catch on to the idea that changing grades is the wrong thing to do." The impact of the removal of morality from the public school curriculum (which is also used in private schools) is that "more than one in three boys (35 percent) and one-fourth of the girls (26 percent) — a total of 30 percent overall — admitted stealing from a store within the past year."
The White House announced the release of Revised Religious Guidelines for America's Public Schools on May 29, 1998. Within this announcement, President Clinton stated, "Nothing in the First Amendment converts our public schools into religion-free zones, or requires all religious expression to be left behind at the school house door." --President Clinton, July 12, 1995
In 2003, the Education Department released the following guidelines that clarified and added requirements to Public Schools to ensure the religious rights of students.
Schools that don’t allow students to pray outside the classroom or that prohibit teachers from holding religious meetings among themselves could lose federal money, the Education Department said late last week.
The guidance reflects the Bush administration’s push to ensure that schools give teachers and students as much freedom to pray as the courts have allowed.
The department makes clear that teachers cannot pray with students or attempt to shape their religious views. The instructions, released by the department on Feb. 7, broadly follow the same direction given by the Clinton administration and the courts. Prayer is generally allowed provided it happens outside the class and is initiated by students, not by school officials.
The department, however, also offered some significant additions, including more details on such contentious matters as moments of silence and prayer in student assemblies. And for the first time, federal funds are tied to compliance with the guidelines. The burden is on schools to prove compliance through a yearly report.
Teaching the Bible in Public Schools
The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools (NCBCPS) provides a program for teaching the Bible in public schools. Currently, the NCBCPS's Bible curriculum has been voted into 462 school districts (over 1,900 high schools) in 38 states. Over 210,000 students have already taken this course nationwide, on the high school campus, during school hours, for credit.
Since the rapid expansion and liberalization of public schools after World War II, students' literacy levels have dropped significantly. While the average 14-year-old had a vocabulary of 25,000 words in 1945, the equivalent student in 2000 had a vocabulary of only 10,000 words, a severe disadvantage in an increasingly textual world.
Liberal bias in textbooks
Textbooks (K-12) have been systematically analyzed in a study funded by the U.S. government. The 1986 findings were that massive, systematic liberal bias exists, resulting in several information blackouts in four key areas of modern American life—marriage, religion, politics, and business. While an actual conspiracy was then ruled out, the cause was found to be a "a very widespread secular and liberal mindset" pervading "the leadership in the world of education [and textbook publishing]".
Professor Larry Schwikart, of the University of Dayton, wrote a book about biased textbooks. False claims common in those texts included that the founders wanted a "wall of separation" between church and state, that "Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation only because he needed black soldiers", and that "Mikhail Gorbachev, not Ronald Reagan, was responsible for ending the Cold War". 
Non-Dismissal of Tenured Teachers
Due to the strength of the nation's teachers' union, it is nearly impossible to fire a bad performing teacher with tenure. The process can take years and involves countless steps to even attempt. The union claims that the protections are needed against arbitrary and malicious lawsuits.
The New York public schools system has approximately 700 teachers accused of insubordination to sexual misconduct. They remain in seclusion from the classroom but are paid full salaries until their cases are heard, sometimes from months to years later. All because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them. 
Given that public schools educate about 90% of Americans, it is astounding how few prominent Americans attended public school after the banning of school prayer in 1962. Here is an impressive list of prominent Americans who attended public schools before the banning of prayer.
- Ronald Reagan graduated from Dixon High School, Illinois
- Dwight D. Eisenhower attended Abilene High School in Abilene, Kansas
- Richard M. Nixon attended Fullerton and Whittier High Schools, California
- Gerald Ford attended Grand Rapids South High School, Michigan
- Lyndon B. Johnson attended Johnson City High School, Texas
- Harry S Truman attended Independence High School, Missouri
- H. Ross Perot attended public schools and Texarkana Junior College, Texas
- Richard Cheney graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming.
- Colin Powell graduated from Morris High School, NY in 1954 and received his B.A. in geology from the City College of New York in 1958 
- Billy Graham graduated from Sharon High School, NC in May 1936
- Michael Medved graduated from Palisades High School, CA 
- The Wright Brothers attended public schools in Richmond, India and Dayton OH but did not graduate 
- Roy Jay Glauber, Nobel laureate, graduated from Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY in 1941. 
- Frederick Reines, Nobel laureate, attended Union Hill High School, NJ, during the late 1930's. 
- Oliver North, US Army Officer, political commentator, graduated from Ockawamick High School in 1961. 
Here is a much less impressive list of celebrities and others who attended public school after prayer was banned in 1962:
- Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com, attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School FL.
- Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo.com, graduated from Sierramont Middle School, and Piedmont Hills High School, CA.
- David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo.com graduated from Sam Houston High School TX.
- Kathryn D. Sullivan, NASA astronaut and first American woman to walk in space, graduated from Taft High School, Woodland Hills, California, in 1969. 
- S. Christa Mcauliffe, astronaut participant, graduated from Marian High School, Framingham, Massachusetts, in 1966. 
- Mae C. Jemison, NASA astronaut and first African-America woman in space, graduated from Morgan Park High School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1973. 
- Ellen Ochoa, NASA astronaut and the first Hispanic-American woman astronaut, graduated from Grossmont High School, La Mesa, California, in 1975. 
- Jeana Yeager, aviator, graduated from Commerce High School GA in 1970.
- Brad Pitt, actor, graduated from Kickapoo High School in Springfield, Missouri, 1981; dropped out of college.
- Tom Cruise, actor, attended several public high schools including Glen Ridge High School, New Jersey during the 1970's. 
- John Sununu, former one-term Senator from New Hampshire, graduated from Salem High School in the 1970's.
- John Edwards, former one-term Senator from North Carolina and two-time unsuccessful candidate for nomination for president, attended public school in Robbins, N.C. during the 1960's.
- Spike Lee, producer, actor, graduated from John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, NY.
- Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, left public school after attending in Seattle until the age of twelve.
- Rush Limbaugh graduated from Central High School, MO in 1969 and attended Southeast Missouri State University for two semesters 
- Frank Wilczek, Nobel laureate, attended Martin Van Buren High School, Queens, NY, during the late 1960's.
- Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, U.S. Army, Battle of Mogadishu hero, Medal of Honor recipient; graduated from Big Spring High School in Newville, PA in 1976.
- Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, U.S. Army, Iraq War hero, Medal of Honor recipient; graduated from Tampa Bay Vocational Technical High School, FL in 1988. 
- Cpl. Jason Dunham, U.S. Marines, Iraq War hero, Medal of Honor recipient; graduated from Scio High School NY, in 2002.
- Lt. Michael Murphy, Navy SEAL, Afghanistan War hero, Medal of Honor recipient; graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1994. 
- Laura Bush attended James Bowie Elementary School, San Jacinto Junior High School, and Midland Lee High School in Midland, Texas (Graduated 1964); came out in support of gay marriage and abortion in 2010.
- John Cromwell Mather, Nobel laureate, graduated from Newton High School, Newton, NJ in 1964. 
- George Fitzgerald Smoot, Nobel laureate, graduated from Upper Arlington High School, Upper Arlington, OH in 1962.
- Hugh David Politzer, Nobel laureate, graduated from Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, NY in 1966.
- William J. Clinton graduated from Hot Springs High School in Arkansas in 1964, and became the only president impeached in the 20th century.
- Pat Tillman, former NFL football player and US Army soldier (tragically killed by friendly fire) who graduated from Leland High School CA.
- Exodus from "public schools" gets a helping hand, Exodus Mandate, Sept 15, 1998
- For example, "in 2005, officials at East Brunswick High School adopted a policy prohibiting representatives of the school district from participating in student-initiated prayer." 
- From 2004 to 2006, a public school banned Bible study by children ... during recess. A teacher complained about the use of the Bible and the principal then censored the study activity, according to a sworn statement by a teacher told to stop it. Principal "Summa, having learned of a complaint by a teacher and of the students' Bible study, told fourth-grade teacher Virginia Larue to nix the group's recess meeting. ... Larue later told one of Luke's Bible study colleagues the group could no longer meet at recess."
- Atheists routinely impose their views on public schools, though liberals deny it. For example, a court prohibited a moment of silence in Illinois "Township High School District 214 after atheist activist Rob Sherman challenged" it.
- Statistics about education
- See, e.g., Stone v. Graham (1980) (excluding Ten Commandments from public school).
- A public school banned Bible study by children ... during recess. A teacher complained about the use of the Bible and the principal then censored the study activity, according to a sworn statement by a teacher told to stop it. 
- "Only 70% of all students in public high schools graduate, and only 32% of all students leave high school qualified to attend four-year colleges."
- "Only 71 percent of kids graduate from high school within four years, and for minorities the numbers are even worse -- 58 percent for Hispanics and 55 percent for African Americans," [Bill Gates] wrote. "If the decline in childhood deaths [in developing countries] is one of the most positive statistics ever, these are some of the most negative."
- According to Monitoring the Future, a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, illicit drug use is up among students between eighth and 12th grade. In 1991, 62 percent had used illicit drugs. In 2007, the number jumped to 77 percent.  Fatal overdoses are common, although often underreported.Reporting of a heroin overdose by 16-year-old public school student was an exception to the underreporting.
- http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/dec/01/memphis-youth-make-progress-on-risky-behavior/ (study of Memphis students)
- "There is zero shame [to teenage pregnancy]," the school nurse observed.
- One victim is now "being homeschooled at state expense."
- High-Spending California School System Collapsing AP, June 21, 2009
- The Social, Economic & Political Reasons for the Decline of Gaelic in Scotland 
- Family Encyclopedia of American History (Reader's Digest 1975)
- Utne Reader (July-August 2000), 28-9.
- Censorship: Evidence of Bias in Our Children's textbooks, Paul C. Vitz, Servant Books, 1986, ISBN 0-89283-305-X
- 700 NYC Teachers Paid to Do Nothing AP, June 22, 2009