America's declining education system is a result of premeditated planning by the planets wealthiest corporations, designed to keep the population under control. An educated, free thinking society is more likely to demand rights and equality, opposed to a manipulated public. America’s classrooms are being used to condition youth into being docile learning receptacles, quick to accept information without facts.
"If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become 'dead zones of the imagination,' reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory." Henry Giroux, 2013.
Corporations profit trillions from having an uneducated work force. It’s easy to maintain an unequal distribution of wealth between middle class citizens and billionaires when public education has been used as a tool to control America’s population.
"The aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence. . . . Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim . . . is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is its aim in the United States. . . . " - Henry Mencken, The American Mercury, April 1924.
Until the educational standards practiced in the United States are improved considerably, the decline of our country's wealth and power will continue.