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It is almost impossible to compare private and public schools, as Wade Miller does in "Evils of socialism" (Forum, March 8). Private schools spend much more per pupil than do Utah's last-in-the-country public schools.
Parents who take the time to get their children into a private school are obviously involved in their children's education. Sadly, in many cases in public schools, that is not the case.
Private schools have admission standards; public schools must take all students.
Despite the inequality in funding and student selection, public schools do a fantastic job in educating and motivating all who want to do well and in trying to help those who have a hard time. There are so many stories of exceptional students, teachers and administrators.
I don't know how anyone can form such a negative opinion of our schools as Miller. Obviously, he has bought into the right-wing rhetoric that is prevalent in this state.
Salt Lake City