I found this interesting because my wife and I will have our first child very soon. Below I have summarized an article by Anne Ouse about how kids today are losing intellectual steam through poor teaching.
The quality of teachers in the U.S. is declining. Until the mid-1900's, the most intelligent and capable women were exluded from high-paying, ambitious jobs. However, over the past fifty years we have moved into a new era and women can now become doctors, lawyers, politicians, and the like. The most ambitious and capable women no longer have motivation to teach, as society dictates there are better jobs to be landed. Their ambition is not to blame - it is the relatively low pay and unambitious stigma associated with being a teacher that makes teaching an unattractive option. The unlikely solution is to make teachers a priority, paying them as much as doctors and lawyers and granting them the same respect. Only in this case would teachers be at the same level as they were in the past.