I’m not really doing this . . . Ok, well only a little bit. The system has been broken for the fifty years that I know. Part of the problem is that the definition of broken is not clear. 60–70% of high school graduates are unable to pass basic English and math tests for community college. The smallish community college that I work for now (long story) operates with roughly 700+ students at any time attempting to learn high school English and math. That’s one big kind of broken. Normal middle class 9th graders facing a year of boredom is a whole other kind of broken. Both those kinds of broken can lead to being bored and quitting and that’s another kind of broken. But the more capable, smarter, normal kids fix this by hustling around and learning to code in Python and may end up with a good job or, more likely, move on to fairly good paying gigs when they feel like it. Others become Uber drivers and masters of very complex virtual realities in their spare time. And all of these survival options scare the shit out of their middle class gen X parents. So, not only do we fail to consistently define broken we consider success, as it is emerging in millennial terms, to be broken. I personally don’t like home schooling because it is used heavily to indoctrinate kids into bizarre, archaic myth based ideologies and to ensure that they are unable to function in a normal science class. As a boomer I expect our national government to provide solid, completely secular P-20 education to give everyone basic knowledge and skills. But I don’t even know what that is anymore so how can I want it? Yes, the problem is bigger than any of us can even grasp . . .

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