Are you talking about education or schooling? Schooling is more about getting the numbers through exams to satisfy government funding procedures. Sad that the very fabric of our western schooling framework is based on how much money a school receives to support the 'education' of the students. Since Australia has been quantifying its schooling performances with standarised testing, we are now ranked in the twenties for literacy and numeracy. A significant drop from second a couple of decades ago. Are our young people any less literate? Overall the answer is no, but are they less likely to perform well on these types of tests? Here the answer is a resounding yes.
Education is taking a back seat to this monetary driven push to have, what the politicians see, as a highly literate society. Maybe our politicians should look at how they are narrowing the scope of teaching, to teaching for success in these exams, as jobs are now becoming dependant on class results. Education encompasses engaging students in activities that promote life long learning and transferability of that information and skills. It is not about how well a student can perform on a test. This is a very shallow interpretation of an 'educated person'.