BTW: There’s plenty of solid information available to demonstrate that, when matched for SES status, public schools (across the nation) are “higher performing” than private schools, if only because the programs at public schools, if they are in affluent areas, tend to be much richer than typically smaller private schools can offer. Exclusive private schools do offer an opportunity for kids to hob-nob with other kids from wealthy families which does offer some employment advantages. It obviously doesn’t offer a chance to learn to deal with a diverse population, but with the US’s increasing levels of economic segregation that likely would not hurt the wealthy too much. Just raise the fences around the gated-communities a little higher and hire a few more security guards. Doesn’t do much for the rest of the US proletariat, though.
For some students, jumping right into college or a job right out of high school is the right move. For others, it’s better to wait awhile. Some people might actually be content living out the rest of their lives in their grandma’s basement playing video games, and honestly, as long as it’s okay with grandma, then that should be allowed, too. We have all kinds of freedoms in this country, and the freedom to be a loser happens to be one of them (I just shouldn’t have to pay for it). We are a country that was founded on the basis of individual rights and freedom, and these legislators in New Mexico really need to remember that.