Generalizations are always dangerous but usually contain elements of truth. Such is that applied to our public school systems with respect to deteriorating reading/math/English scores.
Most taxpayers quickly point to large and increasing funding allowances to schools each year. Of course, it is not that simple and is not entirely due to low teacher wages as the overly vocal teacher unions would have us believe.
Societal activities, how we behave and our overburdened social schedules, carry much of the fault. I believe the overall decline in religion and basic morality is in large part to blame for our student lack of concentration on fundamental knowledge needed to survive in today's civilization. We spend far too much time on entertainment and extracurricular effort.
Admittedly it is not that simple, but are things to consider.
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