If you are going to be a teacher your agenda should not be to teach what you think is important your agenda should be to teach what the student needs to succeed in life. This is not to say that race is irrelevant, or that writing courses are pointless or that neuroscie…
I have quite a few gripes with our educational system but… are you a teacher? I taught high school for years and we would be disciplined (or worse) if we taught whatever we wanted. Or if we spoke too much in class (students were supposed to be speaking and learning; lectures were pretty much forbidden). This went so far that teachers could even get reprimanded for teaching things that WERE necessary. I got in trouble for teaching comparative grammar to high school students who were learning English. Also got scolded for teaching them handwriting, even though they were learning a new alphabet.
I understand the sentiment of your article — there are a lot of things wrong with the educational system. But at the k-12 level at least, I wouldn’t be so quick to blame teachers as they usually just do what they’re told to do, or they risk losing their jobs.
I wrote a few articles about this recently — one is about the future of American education. If you have a chance to read it, I’m curious to see if it resonates with you.