In order to infuse energy into changing the way things have been to something far more positive, it may be prudent to read John Taylor Gatto's book called "THE UNDERGROUND HISTORY OF AMERICAN EDUCATION". You can find this book at http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/
Once one sees how and when this country got in the mess we are in, the better able we are to put things right.
This book is a real eye-opener, and Mr. Gatto explains this in a very well researched manner.
Ask your library to get a copy, or purchase one yourself. Very important read, to be sure!