“Let’s compare fairly” is certainly the most ironic and tone deaf statement I think I’ve heard when talking about private wealthy schools on a lacrosse message board transposed to free public education.
It's as ridiculous and delusional as the people who want to believe public schools are even remotely on the same level academically as privates.
The issue is some programs at some publics are at a minimum academically on par and in many cases superior.
Across the board paying 140k for high school should get you a better education that paying nothing.
However it’s not a blanket statement to say that all of one is better (or inferior) to all of another. I know parents need to justify paying the tuition for 14 years but the facts are what they are.
You can get a good education and get admitted to a fine college from certain publics and certain privates. It’s all good.