One of the strongest ties that bind parents to the traditional model of education, whether it is private or public schooling, is the fear of an uncertain future for their children, particularly with regard to college and career. Despite the considerable harm that traditional schools cause to most children in terms of interest in learning, empathy, motivation, self-confidence, and emotional and social development, many parents prefer the poor but socially acceptable traditional school option over the superior alternative education option that others may question.