I am, in truth, fairly keen on Bug learning to read before he goes to school. He will probably be capable of it without a lot of pushing ("It's a big M, Mama! May I have some french fries?"). This is: so the school can't screw it up.
I went to public schools. My sisters went to public schools. We currently hold three bachelor's degrees and two PhDs between us, and comprise a biologist, a chemist, and a nurse. Public schools are wonderful. However.
I still remember when my youngest sister, Prudence, ran afoul of the 'Phonics-based' reading method her (very good, Congressional Blue Ribbon, well-off suburban) school was using. "You need to sound the word out," they said to her. "Pl-ooo-uuu-gggg-hhh."
"But that's not how it's pronounced," she said.
"But you have to sound it out."
(Irrelevant postscript: Someone mentioned the stupid 'delayed' vaccine schedule to me today, because their kid with significant other medical issues was extra reflux-y after the kid's last shots, and I nobly did not scream POST HOC at them.)