Personally, I think the school system sucks. The word "system" is no accident. Best thing I ever did for my daughter was put my trust in her by putting her in a Sudbury school. I'm not a teacher, but how many people have you met who really enjoyed school vs. how many who didn't?
For more on the topic, read Dumbing Us Down by John Gatto. He knows of what he speaks having been voted teacher of the year in both NY City and NY state.