What happened to drop us so low?
Things obviously need to change because many of the children and teenagers in this country aren't getting the education they need to become happy, successful adults. Many people who don't understand the need to fund education, don't realize that if we don't foot the bill early on, we're going to do it later in increasing proportions when young adults can't get good jobs and pay their own bills, or when perhaps too many high school dropouts become part of the criminal justice system.
How in the world can people who don't even have a high school diploma (or GED) make it in this increasingly advanced world? On the other hand, entrepreneurship and the web make almost anything possible these days it seems. As we all know, there are plenty of very rich/successful people who never went to college, so I guess it doesn't really matter how or where you learn, just that you do learn. I suppose I'm a bit prejudiced, but it does seem that knowing how to read well is a prerequisite to learning; don't you agree?