It's been like this since the '50s. That's why public-school kids still can't read, with public-school adults not much better.
The students in American public schools are being vigorously trained not to know much of anything at all.
Children in the U.S. are taught stupidly and then some. Every technique that will make reading difficult and unpleasant is employed.
Public schools are so jam-packed with fake pedagogies, it's hard to pick a champion. Here is one of the main contenders.
Most Americans have heard of "balanced literacy." That's jargon for a particular method of keeping kids illiterate.
Look at the amazing scam the Education Establishment has perpetrated against America's children, and most of all on America's poor.
American public schools are sabotaged by wall-to-wall bad ideas. Simplest, most practical solution: Dump the bad ideas in the garbage.
In both crime and education, the American public has been indoctrinated to be more permissive.
Modern educators are hostile to teaching cursive – to such a degree that you should immediately suspect that they are up to something.
If anyone ran American schools the way the U.S. runs them, we would call it an act of war.