One reason we are in a jobless recovery is the poor quality of U.S. public schools. Schools fail everyone who cares about child development: employers cannot find qualified workers, and parents go into debt to pay the rent or mortgage in a good school district.
From Why Outsource?
Something like ~25% of the reasons given in these surveys boil down to bad public schools.
America needs good public schools, which can be held accountable through good measures of student accomplishment. We don’t have them because teachers are scared of what life would be like if they were treated like professionals. This is too bad — if teachers do not embrace reform, we’ll end up with drones reading following idiot-proof scripts that put students in front of computers…
… which would still be better than the current system.