You are twisting words to bend the truth. My parents were born dirt poor and went through the Great Depression which made them even poorer. They succeeded in making it into the middle class without the much vaunted high school diplomas. My father had to go to work. My mother was denied hers when she married him. They were Great Depression - World War II generation. When he was drafted they decided to get married. When they did the school expelled her. So much for patriotism and "support our troops" among the public school authorities. All she did was marry a soldier, but they behaved toward her as if she had become a prostitute.<quoted text>
Then you were being dishonest. You were not born into a poor family because your family had already moved up into the middle class.
And if there had been no public school in that area, you would have done what?
Your particular school's failings are not an indictment of all public schools. Every school I attended, even at the elementary level, has had programs for advanced students. My son's elementary school has them now too.
What would I have done if there had been no public schools? Simple. My mother would have home schooled me, like she did unofficially anyway. I could have avoided the hellhole of public schools. But because of the school laws she could not do that. She could not home school even today because neither she nor my father had a shitty piece of paper called a high school diploma.
If you think college professors make $73,000 and up, I suggest you look at the job postings on a site called HigherEdJobs. Most start in the $30,000s. I've known several professors and none of them made over $50,000 - and that was after 20 years.