We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Watching the Masters today, kept seeing the ExxonMobil ad for the Core program. Of course a large multi-national company wants a uniform educational system, a) to be politically correct and b) so they don't have to fuss with 50 different education systems in figuring out which one puts out better students. Probably more A than B
Big business has always had an economic interest in an education system than generates lots and lots of talented well-trained new hires ... it allows them to keep labor costs down.
It's so much cheaper to hire a fledgling engineer if there are 10 or 20 equally qualified ones vying for the same job. The amount of routine engineering that has been outsourced over the past couple of decades is huge - which is just another facet of the desire to drive down labor costs.
There's been a big fuss about pushing kids to STEM majors ... which I support because I think it's the most rigorous curricula around. But it isn't a guarantee of a job anymore.