This essay will address the question of the value of string education by first examining arguments offered on behalf of string education in schools, and noting their somewhat mixed value. Then a set of arguments will be presented that may have greater promise. The focal point will be the establishment of excellence in string teaching and playing. When public school string programs are of the highest quality, they produce the kinds of musical outcomes that will draw strong support from students, communities, and administrators. While string programs should always have strong advocacy arguments at their disposal, these arguments should be balanced by a high level of musicianship and musicality in the public schools which will in turn draw fine teachers and students to string education.