Hell, you throw 'em in jail.
Was with you until here.
The primary educational system has pretty dismal outcomes.
Did you mean k-12 education? Primary usually means k-6 and is actually one of our strong suits. It's the 7-12 where we royally suck. This is known as secondary education.
Have we grown into a culture of automatically following the rules and doing what we're told without question?
Grown? Our country and culture are based on a deep appreciation of the rule of law. We can pretend that we're a nation of revolutionaries, but that is not in any actual sense true.
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