Look, there have been many movies made about the one teacher dedicated enough to turn some delinquent, half-drugged-out, where's-my-momma, and are-you-my-daddy teenager into a Rhode Scholar.
The combination of teachers who don't give a shit, with kids who don't give a shit, is a sure fire recipe for disaster. Sure it's easy to pass the buck and blame the parents, but err, they're not the ones in our schools.
Yeah, I think standardized testing is biased towards kids that don't give a shit.
Solution: Give failing grades to kids who give a shit; lower the curve. Either that or build more McDonalds restaurants and strip clubs. After all, failure invented the lap dance; and the phrase, "welcome to McDonalds can I take your order?" Maybe kids should be paid to learn. Not a bad idea, right?
Serious Question: Why do kids drop out of high school?