Education, by itself, won't fix the other problems. It will generate a bunch of angry students who are upset about how fucked up things are but powerless to change things. We need to start with political reform.
I think you missed the point. Your bunch of angry students will reform the politics that are so screwed up, thanks in large part to CU. All they have to do is grow up and VOTE. And that doesn't mean voting a straight ticket for either of the current parties in power, it means voting for the person who understands the root of the problem and has a determination to fix it, or becoming that candidate themselves.
But first , in order to do that, the education system baby MUST be thrown out with the dirty bath water. The intelligent child, the one who can think and fix things, is now held back to the lowest speed of learning that the slowest child is capable of. So now we get high school grads who can't read the evening fishwrap, or make change at the fast food window without the computer in the cash register. Their experience in school was the most boring you can imagine.
This is NOT a new phenomenon by any means. It was being imposed on me, and I could see the end result forming in my own mind in the late '40's when they had decided to remove phonics from the system, lock, stock and even its roots were excised, although I did get that as one of the last to get it in the early 40's. So what did I do? First I tried to sit in on the high school senior physics class as a freshman, but that blew up when I corrected the teacher about Newtons 3rd Law. IMNSHO that was so damned basic he should have been fired for incompetence. So I could see that my education was essentially frozen in time, but that wasn't me. I still had lots to learn and knew that in my field of interest, I likely would never stop learning until I wasn't able to any more. My field of interest? Radio, then tv, electronics in general, and now for the last 35 years, computers.
So I quit, and with only an 8th grade diploma, I started fixing radio's then tv's for a living. Switching to specialize in broadcasting in the early 60's by passing the 1st Phone test, by then I already had fingerprints in places only a few others could claim as I helped build the tv cameras that were on the Trieste when it went down into the mohole in Feb 1960.
Since that time, the sign on the office door has said Chief Engineer most of the time, and I am also a Certified Electronics Technician since '72. I'd heard, while I was the EIC at KXNE, that the community college was testing for that as a passing grade for a 2 year course they were teaching, so I walked in and plunked down the money and sat for the test, passing it with a good enough grade I could skip the apprenticeship requirements, while down with the flu & never cracked a study guide. All that stuff came easy for me. It started at 1:15PM, and I noted that when I turned in the test at 2pm, eyebrows went up and he asked if I was sure? Sure as I'll ever be. He said most don't finish the test in the 3 hours allocated. I said I'm not most. 10 days later I had a card from the N.E.C., and that got me more respect than the 1st Phone ever did.
Now retired and 78 YO, I am proof that being good at electronic ditch digging has its rewards. Not a millionaire, but I have enough, and I don't owe anybody a cent except yearly taxes etc. And I keep busy, currently building the stuff to put a 3x stronger, servo controlled motor in my table top, and cnc converted lathe, with my already cnc'd (by me) table top milling machine.
Keeps me out of the bars don'tcha know.
Education is great, but I have met university profs who, when discussing relativity, did not believe it was a phenomenon, a source of distortion in a UHF tv transmitter employing klystron amplifiers. Those folks amaze me, having obtained the sheepskin, they stop learning, they know it all! That's BS folks. Living itself is learning.
It is criminal to treat the gifted youngster as a nuisance to be tolerated, and not fed the knowledge being sought, particularly when the teacher is incompetent to teach the subject and teaches it wrong. Fix the educational system to stop that bull shit, and the results of that will fix everything else. It won't be over night, more like 2 generations, and will be accompanied by much kicking and screaming as the incompetents are weeded out, but the net result will be an improved society as a whole.
And that's my $0.02, in 1934 dollars, but you'll need to adjust for inflation since.