"Education" is one of the biggest cliche buzzwords in American life. Every hack who's ever held office, run for office, been run out of office, written an op-ed, given an interview, a speech, a sermon, or a lawsuit has piously announced that there's nothing wrong with this country that can't be solved by more, better, truly edifying EDUCATION. If only we can fix, fund, further, and re-fashion better education, all will be well. It's like saying something is "about our future." Or: "the children." Or better yet, "our children's children's future."
The fact that it's somewhat true doesn't make it less banal. It's akin to President Eisenhower saying at a press conference in the 1950s, "America is nothing without faith and I don't care which it is."
"Thought is a strenuous art -- few practice it, and then only at rare times." - David Ben-Gurion