If you search for the the stats about the quality of elementary and high school education in the US, you’ll probably learn that it’s steadily getting worse. Here’s a great reference: https://pochp.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/education-degradation-ii/
Before we belong to the ELITE college grads, we need to be excellent writers (not if you were gifted with a talent for writing as in my case). And that can most probably happen only if the students were trained to write properly since elementary school. Here’s the bad news: kids can’t write and it’s getting worse. And this is happening worldwide in ‘democratic nations’ where the subject English is part of any course.
And we must thank Babson College professor Kara Miller for reviving the issue. “They (young adults) have either forgotten the rules of writing, or they never learned them in the first place”, she said and suggested this remedy: Rethinking the way writing is taught in high school and the way teachers are compensated. In the present age, students, and even professionals, are forced to be netizens communicating and gathering knowledge online. How can we do that effectively if we can’t write effectively?
In the Philippines, I was once shocked when I found out that public elementary textbooks are teaching wrong grammar. That was way back 1996 and is still a problem until now!