This quote precisely touches on some of the issues I have with the public education system in the U.S.:
The standard of performance tends to be set by the capacity of the technology rather than the individual nature of places and creatures. Industrial technology, instead of adapting itself to life, attempts to adapt life to itself by treating life as merely imagination, familiarity, compassion, fear, and awe. It reduces responsibility to routine, and work to “processing”. It destroys that worker’s knowledge of what is being worked upon.
The Way of Ignorance by Wendell Berry