One reason why the schools are screwed up is that they don't have the right goals. The schools have lots of problems. You can ask why the education system does not fulfill its charter and complain about shortages of money or the number of hours kids spend in school or teacher burnout. These may be reasonable things to complain about. Still, the place to start when considering why the education system is broken is to start with the charter itself. What are the goals of the schools?
Goals Underlying Education
Where am I in the content of the book?