Each level of primary education is its own circle of Hell, especially in the public system (my school’s architect also designed prisons, which have the intentional psychological effect of hopelessness). The administration torments students; teachers torment students; students torment students; students torment themselves. No person will emerge unscathed.
The intelligent are often held back. The struggling often receive no aid. Most students will become jaded in one way or another. They will be reluctant to pick up a book of their own accord because they’ve been forced to pick up so many the teachers themselves disdain, but respectfully abide by the curriculum in their instruction.
What is a better option, though? What can be done to truly change and improve the system? Private institutions are not solutions. Their sheltered products enter the world and degrade themselves in overindulgence. Parents won’t be willing to teach their own children. Few would have the commitment and abilities to teach themselves.
Regardless of what many choose to believe, society is advancing, and education has been one of the most important facets involved. The education system may be heavily flawed, but, for now, there is no better alternative; we all must suffer through it and hope to come out alive.