Could the US really have 50,000,000 functional illiterates (among many other problems) because the top educators were careless and didn't pay attention decade after decade until: Whoops! What happened?? Nobody can read!???
Explaining the decline in the public schools seems to me to come down to a nasty choice: the people in charge are dreadfully incompetent; or they're dreadfully subversive. (In either case, they should be replaced, shouldn't they?)
My new article on CanadaFreePress wrestles with this dilemma. Title is "Could Educators Be That Dumb?--Everyone Wants To Know."
Bottom line: we're almost forced to conclude that our educators were trying to undercut education. Why?? Because nobody's that incompetent. There must have been intent.
A good read. You'll like it. (http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/22395)