It’s too bad in my opinion that academia and research has come to depend on government grants. The government monopoly especially on K-12 education is precisely the biggest block to giving brighter kids a chance to break free from constraints of ignorance.
As seen here, it creates a dependency that becomes a circular trap, subjects innovation to the political winds (whether via republic or dictatorship), and dissident research is suppressed through this mechanism along with peer review.
Thinking outside the box, the biggest innovations of most impact have been driven by industry and competition. Cell phone technology, transportation technology, Internet search technology, communications, and in almost all sectors of our lives. Even the awesome Israeli security technology makes use of private sector technology.
But yes, tell parents to take over their children’s education and drive them to better standards.