education is important, but i think the ship of state is heading for an iceberg:
america was never meant to be a democracy, and the centralization of power is reaching a level where tyranny of the political oligarchy is ever more visible. america needs citizen initiative, as a counter-balance to the power of politicians and their wealthy patrons. nsa is developing data-banks on everyone in response to the threat of terrorism, politicians are daring to assert power to watch anyone, daring to put people out of reach of habeas corpus, daring to describe naked invasion as 'pre-emptive defense'.
let's not worry about education, let's worry about simple freedon first. after we get democracy, everything becomes possible, that the electorate wants. until we get democracy, we have nothing that can not be taken from us by presidential order.
education important? sure. but first things first.