If you want better teachers you have to pay them better. If you're going to pay teachers about the same salary as managers at Home Depot then that's the quality of worker you're going to get.
You want to home-school your kid? I'm all for that. However, there's only a small percentage of adults whom are actually qualified to home-school their kid without brain-washing them & completely failing them intellectually at preparing for higher institutions of learning. Public education is absolutely necessary & we should start allocating more resources to education & less on defense, & not the other way around. There's a natural hesitation to be willing to spend more on public education when you don't feel that money is going to your kid, so what the speaker in the video is trying to communicate is that people should be more concerned with the education of all kids in this country, & not just their own; rising tide lifts all boats, etc.
The United States is ranked 22 in literacy. Let that marinate while the Chinese pass us by.
In an international survey released just over two years ago, high school students from Shanghai scored at the top in math, science, and reading. Some Americans saw this as a Sputnik moment—a wake-up call for the rest of the world to better educate its young or risk falling behind the Chinese. In March, China’s leadership announced that education spending totaled 7.79 trillion yuan ($1.26 trillion) over the last five years, reaching a target of 4 percent of gross domestic product. “The quality and level of education in China was comprehensively raised,” said outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao on March 5.