There's only so much the schools can do when the parents don't care. There's a social stigma against learning and intelligence any more, no encouragement to better yourself, so it doesn't happen. It's easier to sit you kid in front of the TV or XBox instead of reading to them and with them.
Wait... you think people won't create without direct monetary compensation? Then why did you write your post just now, without being paid?
Copyright, as it is, has very little benefit to society as a whole. I can see arguing for a very limited copyright, but the current system of life + 70 years plus whatever Congress decides to tack on whenever Mickey comes back up for public domain again is completely untenable.
Everyone is a criminal. It shifts the power of enforcement and judgement completely to the executive branch of the government because they can decide whether or not to prosecute depending on whether you play ball, and they can throw the book at anyone, no matter how specious because there are laws against everything someone might do. We're already seeing that with things like the Bradley Manning case and Aaron Swartz:
How about it starts with the President, and then works it's way down? Not sure I'm a fan of bottom up with things like this, because the people at the top are the ones implementing it. But of course they'd willingly do it, right?
So you don't think that having a massive amount of information that the NSA/FBI has NO REASON TO HAVE is part of the issue? Since when have 12.3 million iPhone users become the subject of a government investigation?