A huge downfall to the education system is teaching for standardized tests. The teachers focus on these tests so much because their job depends on it, it really impairs their natural teaching ability, if they have any. I just graduated from high school last year, and I feel that there is a need for a more improved way of teaching kids. The first step would need to be a complete overhaul of the attitudes that children develop towards education these days. If they do not feel education is important, then they will not work to succeed. I say all the kids that are doing poorly need to be shown how bad their life will become unless they start working hard. Maybe a field trip to the local McDonalds, they can hear from the people that have worked there for fifty years, and learn just how crappy their future job is going to be.