Anytime a parent supplements the education a child receives, everyone benefits, not just the child. Why all parents don't do this is a mystery to me. It seems obvious. You guarantee your child learns certain basic concepts, classics you view as important, etc. Growing up, my parents did this by suggesting books. We took trips. I did extra math homework so they knew I knew the concepts. All this did me good and satisfied them that they did their best. Did anyone lose out? No. Was it extra work? Yes. Is this worth it? Absolutely.
It sends the message to the child that they are important and their brain and education is too. That you expect your child to be capable and contribute to society at some point. What I find is a lack of discipline, a lack of motivation, lack of effort or caring in America that bothers me, because the children suffer. They don't get into the college they want. They don't get the job/career they desire. They miss out on the earning potential they deserve. So please, care, get motivated, get disciplined because it affects you, your child, your future, the society at large. If we create responsible, motivated aware adults, we have done our jobs as adult caretakers.