K-12 Public Schools

In your opinion, are K-12 public school systems in the United States functioning satisfactorily? If not functioning well enough, could the public school systems be improved by making small changes, similar in scope to changes made for the past century, or do the systems of K-12 public schools need to be fundamentally reformed in order to effectively prepare youth for fulfilling lives?

Please click on the History, Current State, and Future Schooling buttons in the sidebar in order to gauge the effectiveness of public schools in the United States and to determine whether state school systems should remain about the same; be improved somewhat; or completely reformed.