I see Obama was in the news today, excoriating fat and lazy teachers/students.
Obama and his Masters do not want an educated population. One should never debate them on their own terms, because it is a lie.
They want nimble and efficient bean counters, hence the emphasis on metrics and testing. Preferably bean counters without a social conscious who are happy to crank out new products for the war machine.
An educated and historically aware population is too hard to politically control in a country as unequal as the United States.
'Better Pay Means Better Teachers'