Education: a brief history
Pre 1840: Literacy Rates High, Schools Predominantly Private and Locally Controlled, decentralized, and home schooling was common. Americans were well educated and literacy rates were high.
1902: John D. Rockefeller Creates the General Education Board, At the ultimate cost of $129 million, the General Education Board provided major funding for schools across the nation and was very influential in shaping the current school system.
1913: Frederick T. Gates, Director of Charity for the Rockefeller Foundation, wrote in The Country School of Tomorrow, Occasional Papers Number 1:
“In our dream we have limitless resources, and the people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hand. The present educational conventions fade from our minds; and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive rural folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or of science. We are not to raise up among them authors, orators, poets, or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians. Nor will we cherish even the humbler ambition to raise up from among them lawyers, doctors, preachers, statesmen, of whom we now have ample supply."
..... Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations—agencies not in any way responsible to the people—in control of the policies of our State educational institutions ...
1953: Reece Committee of the US House of Representatives Reveals Agenda of Carnegie Endowment and Rockefeller Foundation on Education
“It seems incredible that the trustees of typically American fortune-created foundations should have permitted them to be used to finance ideas and practices incompatible with the fundamental concepts of our Constitution. Yet there seems evidence that this may have occurred.”
-Norman Dodd, Director of Research, Special Committee to Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations, 1954 
1968: Edith Roosevelt’s Article “The Foundation Machine” Indicts Carnegie Funded Textbooks stated that “these young children are being indoctrinated with a pattern of anti-social ideas that will completely and violently alienate them from the mainstream of American middle-class values.”
2003: 14% of American Adults are Illiterate
Present ( 2017 and beyond): any questions?