I would answer NO
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, most American children have attended public schools. Mohler looks back nostalgically at the American century:
Evangelical families sent their children to the public schools with confidence and with eagerness. They had little interest in other alternatives for the simple reason that they saw little need for any alternative. Evangelical Christians were happy with the public schools and saw them as both effective and efficient in the delivery of an American education. They also saw the public schools as safe and healthy places for children, and they grew to love the athletic programs and extracurricular activities that grew along with the schools in the American Century, as the last century came to be known.
But by the end of the twentieth century, evangelical Christians began to leave public schools by the millions as the country witnessed an explosion in Christian schools and homeschooling.
Mohler blames the loss of local control for much of the “backlash against the public schools.” In earlier generations, “the public schools were public in the sense that they were community schools maintained for and by the citizens of a community. Local control was axiomatic, and parents had a direct influence in the curriculum and policies of the schools.”
All of that began to change with the influence of the progressive agenda, though it took decades to fully emerge. But, Mohler says, “the last half of the twentieth century saw the public schools radically transformed in the vast majority of communities.” Supreme Court decisions “secularized the schools in a way that separated the schools from their communities and families.” Mohler notes that the “evil of racial segregation was rightly ended,” but court-ordered school busing destroyed the sense of community.
The most radical transformation, says Mohler, has been political and ideological:
Control of the schools, enforced through both funding and mandates, migrated to the national government where an army of educational bureaucrats replaced local school boards as the real arbiters of educational policy. Labor unions for teachers, rather than parents, now exert vast influence over the schools.