(In the Golden Age of Science Fiction, writers felt there was nothing that man, science and technology could not do. Mining an asteroid might prove them right. I can't imagine how that would be done. But my hunch is they can pull it off.)
Public education is losing ground. It is being undermined at every turn. This is due to more than the Christian contingent. People everywhere are taking control of their children’s education. The Internet is making this possible. As time marches on, tools and information will be even more accessible. This trend will not be reversed.
Why not? Funding. The system takes gobs of money. Gobs. It inhales taxpayer money and then wastes it like any other bureaucratic welfare-state system does.