Hey, here comes a non-parent with an opinion on public education:
Based on a fb rant from someone else today, I actually let my curiosity take over and I started researching Common Core standards for early elementary school math education... and this shit is really, really cool. Like, forget teaching rote memorization of pluses and minuses, which your brain is going to do along the way anyway, it's more focused on teaching how numbers work and how to solve problems. Not to mention I'm getting this wave of familiarity as I come across mental tricks that I can distinctly remember teaching myself at that age, now here included as part of the actual curricula.
While at the same time, I can totally understand the backlash from parents. Helping your kids with homework gets a lot harder when they're learning shit in ways that you never did, and how many parents really have the time or the energy to essentially go back to school with their kids?
But I still think, in my admittedly barely-informed estimation, that it's for the best. Especially because, as I said, this shit looks cool as hell.