Education has been in a state of disrepair for quite some time. While many schools are doing well, many more are facing tremendous challenges as they fight to improve education for millions of Americans, particularly children. Factor federal mandates on policies that are unrelated to education into the equation and you have a recipe for disaster. The situation has left many parents trying to determine what the best options are for educating their children. Should they seek public schools, private schools, homeschool or reform options? To answer that, we need to first understand the purpose of education.