This is a good question and one in which our legislators need to look at the responses received to it.
The structure of the education system is not the issue but what is being taught. Today in our education system political correctness has been inserted into what the leaders of tomorrow will learn. The system does not need more regulations or rules but it needs less. Our education system was doing great before new laws and regulations invoked their requirements.
Some suggestions to improve our education system is it needs to create an environment where students can learn to think for themselves. Issues being presented in school curriculum always has two sides and students need to have the opportunity to insert their opinion based on the information being presented. In conjunction with this the information being taught needs to be complete and not present data leaving out information which may have an impact on what students feel.
It is true that from recent polls we have lowered our rank in terms of math and science. In determining the right path the requirements need to be evaluated and determine the differences in the system requirements today and those in effect in the past. This applies to other areas in addition to math and science.
The main point of our education system is to prepare students to be a viable part of society and have the necessary qualities to be successful. If our schools do not properly prepare the leaders of tomorrow they are failing the future needs of our country.
Another aspect which needs to be examined is the role of the federal government in our education system as to what it is today and what it should be tomorrow. Too much government involvement in our education system limits the freedom for it to address the needs of students across the country. Each individual has specific needs and those needs must be met. White there may be some consistencies between individuals there are also differences which must be addressed in the teaching methods being utilized.