I am anointing you the Queen of Reactionary and the Goddess of Hysteria. You are the vice mayor of the twin villages Certitude and Platitude. Even James isn't worthy of you.
Do you, James and your ilk EVER do some actual research before posting? Ever, never Ms. Jackson?
Our education system does speak for itself. If you and James would do some actual research you would find that math and reading test scores are essentially unchanged from 45 years ago. Given the social upheaval and the changing demographics, a lot of experts suggest that the even line is actually an improvement.
If you would do some actual research you would find that the Blue states (e.g., MA, CT, etc.) have academic test scores equal to the Asian countries, and that the following social and cultural issues greatly factor into educational results:
Family income (the primary factor for achievement and completing college, and poverty or low socioeconomic status is the leading cause of low educational attainment).
Family educational levels (if mom and dad have college degrees, kids will more likely).
Cultural and social issues such as divorce (stable rates for the past two decades or so, but from the 70s to the 90s divorce soared). The US looks vastly different than it did 50 years ago. There are greater percentages of people of color and culture, some of which have not valued education as highly.
The education system of the US may be uneven and unequal, but it isn't in the toilet. Blue states perform well on average. Red states do not perform as well. Blame it on the $, the culture and religion. And child beauty pageants.
And if you would do some research you would find that intra or inter country comparisons are very difficult to make without understanding and allowing for these cultural, social and economic differences - BEFORE you make shoot from the hip, opinionated though expressed as certitudes and platitudes, hysterical, reactionary, paint with a broad brush, completely erroneous definitive statements.
Otherwise Sowhatnow, you're a peach. James, Sowhatnow, et al, I can help you, but you have to let me.