Parents should be responsible for the education of their children and for paying for that education. It should not be the burden of taxpayers.<quoted text>
So that a large portion of the population can't get a good education and is stuck with little to no economic mobility or opportunities? Sounds like a recipe for a great society.
People are already free to enroll their children in religious schools if science is a problem for them. We shouldn't aim for a society where many children are taught to reject science.
Our current tax funded "free and compulsory" education system is a recipe for societal disaster. A healthy society is shaped like a pyramid. It has a large working class base that does the manual labor. This is the largest class. Members of this working class do not need any education beyond the ability to read and write and do simple arithmetic. Those who do the very lowest jobs do not need even that. Just above this class is a slightly smaller, slightly better educated class that does the slightly more demanding jobs. This is repeated, slightly smaller, slightly better educated class atop slightly larger, less educated class, upward in the pyramid. Near the top are the small professional class, the managers, etc. Above them, at the pinnacle, is the small class that owns the means of production and controls capital.
Our society is not pyramid shaped. Its laboring classes are too thin and too narrow to be a base. The educated classes above them are too broad, broader than the classes below in fact. What we have is a structure that is narrow at the base and thick in the middle. Such a structure is inherently unstable. The economy cannot produce enough productive jobs for the over educated mass in the middle. So what happens is government steps in, taxes the income of the producers, and uses it to pay non-productive "public" workers, people whose jobs contribute nothing to the increase in national wealth. They are just as much parasites as the lowest stereotypical welfare queen. Further, public schools prejudice their students against working in the lower jobs. They are taught that if they get the high school diploma, college degree, etc. they are supposed to do a certain kind of "better" job. As a result we are no longer a productive society. All of our manufactured goods come from China, Bangladesh, or somewhere else where they still have a large working class base.