From an English perspective, the issues within the education system are relatively the same.
Still at school I struggle to take an interest in the curriculum for an exam board where, it seems, no one is that interested either. I memorise facts and regurgitate them in a fashion designed to “impress” the examiners. I have come to almost hate my subject choices. I love learning, but I do hate school. I am so tired of systemised specifications and disgruntled teachers with their hands tied by unions dictating strike days, governors making decisions that really shouldn’t be theirs and a government pressurising for better results from students who, individually, are far from representing what these results mean.
The enormous pressure on students to receive As and A*s is beyond ridiculous. Stress levels run high in an environment where young people should be discovering themselves and educating themselves not locking themselves away in their rooms for weeks on end denying themselves of basic pleasures in order to hammer out dispassionate work in an exam room.
This, as has been already said, is a product of an entire society pushing for and obsessing over standards that are both unnecessary and essentially pointless. Learning is vital and beautiful and intense. School is standardised and boring and intense. Tell me one thing I have learnt from school that has inspired a passion for education and I may deconstruct my whole argument, but I am yet to see any evidence of such a marvellous case.