Per this post, a reader writes:
…I think you underestimate Friedman’s point. Public education will never get the attention (and funding) it needs until the business community gets sufficiently freaked out over the volume of useless and unemployable graduates and/or underemployed and cashless consumers. I worked in a neglected school that slowly became surroundedby high priced gated subdivisions. Over time the local Realtors realized they could not competitively sell these properties because the school zoned for these subdivisions was shabby and academically mediocre compared to other nearby alternatives. When realtors and developers had a prayer meeting with School Board things happened….Sorry, but show me the money, I lost my faith in moral outrage in 1972.