As long as we in the US continue to demand government provided schools, our education system will remain poor. The function of our public school system is simply to create submisive, conforming students who won't question the government's authority.
Until our government quits stealing our money and allows the free market to provide the best possible education, we will remain an ignorant country dominated by Psychic phone lines, professional wrestling and scientology. :)
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