When I was in high school I had a wonderful friend who sat by me in all of my science classes. She was automatically my lab partner due to our last names. I was very very lucky, because she was a great lab partner and super smart. I was able to reconnect with her on Facebook a few years ago. She shared that she and her husband Andrew Coulson had produced an amazing series called School Inc. I have watched the series and greatly enjoyed it. The show talks about the history of school in the US, investigates why education doesn't use innovations to grow like a successful business, and travels to explore education around the world.
School Inc. has been on PBS and the episodes can be streamed through May 1, 2017. I am posting them here in case you would enjoy watching them. I found them helpful in understanding how schools were formed and the reasoning behind that. Andrew Coulson has a wonderful way of presenting material and had a neat sense of humor. Unfortunately, Andrew Coulson passed away last February after battling brain cancer.
I hope you watch the show. Let me know what you think about it if you do.