We are in denial about:
- How much (all) schools (really) cost.
- How poorly schools prepare our children for the productive world.
- How guild-like the academic culture is, especially at the PhD level.
- How much schools collectively act like expansionistic monopolies, actively growing while restricting our choices.
- How much the role of "day care" has become the killer app of schools.
- How hard it is to get rid of bad teachers.
- How badly the process of deciding what content gets taught is curated.
- How psychologically damaging the school environment is for about half of the school children.
- How ill-equipped schools are to evolve around the rise of the Internet.
- How unjustified and harmful the requirement of college admissions is in the school process, and a college degree is in the hiring process.
- The degree to which the people who are paid to run schools are set up to be bureaucrats, not leaders, and the problems that causes.
- How we promote the students that best "game" the system, rather than the smartest or most capable.
- What motivates most teachers, and how manipulative teachers have to be.
- How inappropriate any school's promise of taking over a parent's responsibility for childhood education actually is.
And once we get past denial, the next step is anger. Then, sorry, work.