If you've ever wondered how our "education" system resists all efforts at reform, you should read these books:
The Underground History of American Education, by John Taylor Gatto.
The Graves of Academe, by Richard Mitchell.
The Gift of Fire, by Richard Mitchell.
Less Than Words Can Say, by Richard Mitchell.
The War Against Grammar, by David Mulroy.
Who Killed Homer? by Victor Davis Hanson.
Education's Smoking Gun: How Teachers' Colleges Have Destroyed Education in America, by Reginald Damerell.
Well-meaning but ignorant American voters believe that the schools simply need more money. They therefore gladly vote taxes higher and higher every year. If they would take the time to read these books, they would stop this self-destructive behavior. They would understand that American schools are not failing at all, far from it -- they are wildly successful.