Schools Destroy the Joy of Reading

Anonymous Patron wrote in with a USA Today editorial against bad textbooks.

There’s some good points about state-approved texts and bland readings, plus some speculation about the health risks of carrying heavy books.

But is attempting a classical education really to blame for illiteracy? Isn’t that like blaming vegetables for obesity?
Perhaps something more in-tune with the current tone of political discourse, say like the L.A. Math Test, would be a better approach? Or does Dewey have the answer?