Education is based on the students willingness to learn. Teachers can not do what parents needed to do, teachers can not do what the student needs to do etc. Often they are respondents to current situation.
Google Lane Tech in Chicago. They make the same boast today that they did when I went there, 90% of those who graduated from Lane, will also graduate from 4 yrs of College. They also boast that among all the high schools in the US, they have highest number of alumni with PhDs.
So why is this one school, it's teachers, it's students, etc............ can make these claims and your high school can not?More than 90 percent of students earn college degrees in fields such as architecture, engineering, medicine, mathematics, science, journalism, accounting, music, art, and teaching............... More Ph.D's have graduated from Lane than any other high school in the nation.
It is too common today, people blame other peoples or credit them, for their own failures/problems.
As long as we have the quality of politicians today, tomorrow we will not see any changes. Look at all the problems in the US today, Immigration, Unemployment, Debt, etc.......... There are real solutions but do you notice, the issue that is being discussed publicly is broken down to over simplified black and white sound bites that do not address the real issues that needs to be fixed.
To achieve a decent education system you need, 1) Parents, 2) students, 3) community working together. If you notice, I did not mention teachers.