Oh, I definitely agree with that assessment. The educational system is failing in many, many ways. So how do you do mass education and keep that required wonder and curiosity? I do not know. How do you convey the needed basics (and not so basics) to the next generation in time for them to vote intelligently? Again, I do not know. How do we get teachers at the lower levels that know the subjects that they teach and in enough numbers to teach all the kids? Again, I don't know.Besides: you really are out of touch with education in America today if you believe ANYONE is "giving them the best science education". Even if I were to accept your positivist definition of 'science', it is just too obvious that the system is failing even that.
I see the results of this failure of our educational system every day in my classes. I have calculus students that can't add fractions, graduate students that don't know calculus, and a nation that can't place Iraq on a map after several years of war there.
And why not? Partly because we spend way too much time worrying about the politics of evolution and of parents that can't imagine their precious kids are ignorant little snots. Because we have an electorate that doesn't want to pay for good teachers and teachers that often shouldn't be paid what they are. Because we, as a society, do not value education as opposed to money making and sports.Didn't you read the Feynman piece? Did you READ their failure to teach 'energy' in the lower grades? Do you REALLY think it is any better today than then? It isn't.