Black education today is terrible in some places. I'm not sure many African-Americans would maintain that it was better 50 or 100 years ago.
Anyone with a special needs kid of any kind might also have complaints about current school offerings, but compared to 1932 or 1952? Please. My younger brother had a special program in elementary school - they put his desk in the hall. In the tracked classes he was put in the bottom track of 17. He wasn't badly ADD, but it was compounded by being only three weeks short of the age cutoff for his class, and his poor fine-motor skills. He went on to teach college, after a long and winding road.
Then there's the corporal punishment - some of it relatively mild and merely uncomfortable, some of it assault and abuse.
And public shaming as a primary tool for encouraging children to work harder and do better. Because mild embarrassment motivates some of the better students, significant humiliation must work on the others. It all makes sense. That was one of the brilliant pedagogical techniques of earlier eras.
I mentioned in the previous posts the lack of educative bang for the buck we got from many of the extras in the old days, such as penmanship, and coloring as the default geography activity.
Those are good for openers. That's a lot for Old-Timey Education to overcome if it wants to be considered superior to the current model.