What's Mallard raving about today?
It has been fairly noted in the comments that it is becoming increasingly impossible to distinguish what the hell Mallard is complaining about when it comes to education. Not that Mallard has ever demonstrated coherence when raving, but in this case it's particularly schizoid.
He hates education standards today, but he's equally spiteful regarding education from 30 or 40 years ago.
I believe Mallard yearns for a good old-fashioned Prairie education, in which children copy Scripture passages onto slate boards and use an abacus to learn math before ceasing their education entirely at age 10 and going to work in the fields to help Pa.
This is how he plans to prepare American Youth for the challenges of the 21st Century.