I have previously complained about what I perceived to be the state of our education systems clean through college. I thought it might be the fact that am an old geezer set in his ways unwilling to accept change.
Others from employers to colleges complaining that they have to teach basic skills to their entry students. I have often thought that going backwards to standards of yesteryear would do better than what we do now.
Take a lot at this 1912 eighth grade graduation test. I doubt many high schoolers could pass this test.
Educators take note there might be something in this piece that will be a clue to you.