I was sent something that jerked me out of my pity party long enought to type this post though, it was little excerpt from a looooooong article on Khan Academy
Hopefully you already know about Khan Academy but if you don't you should definitely click on the link and find out more about it. It's a resource where you can learn almost anything for free.
Wired magazine recently ran an article on them which was quite interesting (and word of warning...very long!), you can read here
In the article though there was a small quote which is mind blowing...have a read for yourself and see what you think!
Even if Khan is truly liberating students to advance at their own pace, it’s not clear that the schools will be able to cope. The very concept of grade levels implies groups of students moving along together at an even pace. So what happens when, using Khan Academy, you wind up with a kid in fifth grade who has mastered high school trigonometry and physics—but is still functioning like a regular 10-year-old when it comes to writing, history, and social studies? Khan’s programmer, Ben Kamens, has heard from teachers who’ve seen Khan Academy presentations and loved the idea but wondered whether they could modify it “to stop students from becoming this advanced.”
So...still convinced the schools are really interested in educating your children?