Malice or Incompetence? Yes

From Sarah Hoyt:

As a nation founded on the consent of the governed, we can’t afford to have a school system that turns out illiterate peasants.  Whether it’s by design or incompetence, it doesn’t matter.  We simply can’t afford it.

 Please go and read it all. She says what more of us should be saying and she (having been a mother with children in the school system) knows the topic intimately.