Playing cops and schoolteachers
If you depend on the police to keep you safe, you’re at risk. They’re there to clean up the mess and “officer safety” is priority one. (And if you didn’t catch it, they are the officers in officer safety.)
Likewise if you depend on public education for your children, your kids are at risk. Teachers are there first and foremost to provide for themselves, as seen in the extreme with the train-wreck of test score fraud in Atlanta.
There are plenty of fine cops and plenty of fine schoolteachers—and the schoolteachers all seem to be above average—but that doesn’t mean they’re going to satisfy your expectations.
Given the rule of diminishing returns in the public education and public safety arenas, we don’t even have a quid pro quo world. So if you want a job done right within those arenas and you the resources, you choose for yourself. After all, who has the most to gain or to lose?
Update: here’s the sort of thing that happens when not enough are watching the watchers.