I have two really good friends who are teachers. I've known both of them my entire life. They both have told me the same thing. Basically, they got into teaching because they really did want to help children learn. One of them was really inspired by a teacher growing up who took an interest in him and taught him that learning could be fun. This guy would have never gone to college (frankly, we're all suprised he actually did) if it weren't for one good teacher. So, his idea was that he could help children who also struggled with conventional ways of teaching. He thought once he got hired full time and proved himself, that he would be allowed to teach in his own way.
He has now been teaching since 1995 and hates every single day of it. He isn't allowed to teach in a way that could help struggling kids. He is forced to teach a federally mandated curriculum geared soley towards passing proficiency tests so the school can get more money. He is allowed to give a grade of "F" to kids, but the school is not allowed to hold a kid back without parents permission. Again, failing kids leads to less federal or state money so they all pass no matter the grade. Only a parent is allowed to hold a kid back now and he said he's never seen one do it yet (he teaches 5th grade). So, kids who can't pass 5th grade on their own merits get pushed on the 6th where they will be even further behind and so on and so on and so on....
When my daughter expressed an interest in teaching as she was graduating HS, she talked to both of my friends and they both talked her out of it. She had the same bright eyed ideas of helping children and they assured her that teaching was not the way to do it. It is really sad, but teaching has just become a means to a guaranteed pension. You don't have to save a dime for the entire 30yrs you teach and taxpayers are on the hook for your retirement. Kids be damned. But that's what happens when the federal government gets involved. They think money solves everything and everyone is just a number. To them, all kids should learn the same way. Forget the fact that some are visual learners while others are hands on and still others learn best by simply reading a text book.
I will not believe that politicians are just this dumb. It is by design, as written by Cloward and Piven. Get the kids to be sheep and in as little as one or two generations, you own an entire country.