As I often tell my acquaintances farther along toward the left end of the political spectrum, the answer to questions such as the one posed here is often a matter of perspective.
If the objective of our public schools it to produce citizens who are capable of independent, critical thought and with enough historical, economic, and civics knowledge to function as good citizens in our republic, our public schools appear to be abject failures.
On the other hand, if you believe that “Education is the motor-force of revolution,” as does Bill Ayers, then our schools have succeeded quite nicely. Please see this excellent article by Phyllis Schlafly for more information about the leftist takeover of our schools.
A silent revolution has transformed our public schools from halls of learning to indoctrination centers for leftist thought. As a parent, I experienced first-hand the constant push to advance of the leftist agenda, for example, a kindergarten project asking the question, “How did the tree feel,” (when it was cruelly cut down and put to use) and high school math texts that ask questions, not about the numbers involved in a particular problem, but about the social implications.
So the next time you’re wondering why our public schools are failing and our students continue to lag behind other industrialized countries in math and science and it seems as though nothing ever really gets done to fix it, stop and ask yourself, do the people in charge really consider our schools a failure?