I would say the public schools, in general with a few exceptions, are a generation behind where they should be. Bureaucracies exist to protect themselves, not serve people. So the kids end up sacrificed, which of course is the kids' fault. You know - they didn't study hard enough. Or whatever.
I actually fell for the con of go to college, get a degree, get a good job. It didn't happen, so went to work for myself. I ended up owning a taxi for five years, and it was party-time - I had a blast.
I was surprised when I got out of college. The top jobs were reserved for graduates of "elite" universities, and if you weren't part of the Old Boys' Network you didn't stand a chance of promotion.
Now it's gotten worse. In fact, it's getting close to chaos in some parts of the country. Educating immigrant kids who came here on the top of trains, who don't speak English and are probably angry and depressed after being uprooted from their homes? No wonder so many people have pulled their kids out of public schools and moved to rural areas.
I'd rather fish for my dinner and live in a trailer than send my kids to many public schools. And I don't blame the teachers. I blame a corrupt, backward system that pretends to care about the kids but wants only money and power.
"The purpose of art is to wake you up" - Ezra Pound