To counter your grumpy old man comments, maybe if the parents, administrators, PTA and teachers were all to band together and fix the problem of a broken education system, students would go to school to learn an education and not to slack off. Children should be held accountable to a degree to learn -- but only after they have a firm understanding as to what the expectations are.
We (taxpayers) pay for this and should demand more.
And further grumpy old man thoughts, I have no skin in the game but live in an area where property taxes are high because the schools around me are quality. I don't mind paying as long as the results are there. Of course, that doesn't stop them little buggers from toilet papering the high school QB's house at least every 3 months.
Get off my lawn!