This is how I see public education: there are 4 entities that determine the success/failure of any school - administrators, teachers, students, parents. All 4 have responsibilities. At the high school level parents and students have dropped the ball. They no longer accept any responsibility for education. It has somehow become a right, and if it is not handed to them, whether they have earned it or not, then the institution, the school, the teacher must be inferior/ineffective/bad. Administrators are forcing teachers to dumb down their classes because Americans have somehow decided that an education does not require effort and hard work. Its not a freebie! Look at the billions of dollars that colleges are spending on remedial classes. And even colleges are forcing professors to dumb down classes in order to reduce failure rates! If Americans really want to straighten out the public education system they need to look at the real problem. Stop putting all of the responsibility on teachers. Look at the administrators who are making the decisions and rules. Look at the parents and students who dont understand that an education is something you earn. You can fire and replace all of the existing teachers, but nothing will change because the other 3 entities have not been addressed. You can put up new buildings and rename them charter schools, but if the 4 entities are not addressed equally those schools will fail. If you look closely at those charter schools that have succeeded youll find that all 4 entities have been addressed. Wake up America! Individual responsibility and personal accountability needs to be applied to administrators, students and parents - not just teachers. An education is NOT an entitlement. It is something that is earned.