The Real News Is Always Education
The headline behind the headline is almost always something like "Schools successfully DON'T teach reading for 50 years. Wow!" or "The average American kid can't find Japan on a map -- don't expect that kid to know any history, politics, geography, or anything else" or "Progressive Education has been dumbing down the public schools ever since 1920, give or take. Are these people good or what? The USA elected the most far-left administration in our history. Thank John Dewey."
The Education Establishment has been mucking up American schools for a long time. The simplest solution is to put back all the things these so-called Progressives worked so hard (and deviously) to take out--content, facts, knowledge, basics, history, phonics, reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, mastery, memorization, all that good stuff. Put it back! Vast improvement guaranteed!
(For more of this analysis, see "46: American Public Schools Seem To Be Designed to Fail" on Improve-Education.org.)