See my comments on Facebook. This issue requires more than a sound bite.
The important point is, when it comes to education, after intelligence, attitude is everything.
“Monkey see; monkey do.” If parents want their kids to learn, then they need to exhibit a proactive attitude towards learning themselves. Are you visibly and actively trying to acquire new knowledge and skills yourself? If visibly trying to improve yourself, your kids will pick up on that.
The real problem is not the quality of the schools, it is that kids are told they are passive beings to BE educated rather than active beings capable of teaching themselves.