Friday’s David Brooks column and Sunday’s single-gender article from AP both share a theme – customization. It’s vital given different student needs and different parental desires. To a large extent those with means can find customization if they want it through choice of where to live, choice of schools, or even options like homeschooling. And they tend to become fiercely loyal to their choice as a result. So why wouldn’t we want to (a) give lower-income parents the same options via the public sector and in the process (b) build their loyalty toward the public system so they want to support it politically when it comes to questions of funding and so forth?