Yeah... this really sums up the issue.
The students on School Survival keep asking that question, as years keep going by...
Here's one recent variation, from a 14-year-old:
I think it's time for us to do something about the school system
(And the follow-up responses on the linked thread there show how many young people are looking toward a positive future, rather than one of negativity, conflict, and despair.)
This is a good question... and it's hard to answer in a few words.
That'd be a good question for a whole LCL2 session.
I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that money is the core problem... whether it's not having enough, or whether it's some people/organizations/companies making too much.
Those are valid things to discuss... but they aren't the core problems, the way I see it. In contrast, I think a lot can be done by just changing how people do things.
The key concept there is "win-win-win" solutions, as discussed by John Kellden on G+, a.k.a., positive forms of "zero-sum" solutions.
In other words, one person, or group of people, deriving benefit, doesn't have to mean a loss for another person or group. It depends on the circumstances. But so often, people think that the biggest obstacle is "someone else is benefiting."
I think that more often, the roadblock really is what @James_B summed up:
I think that courses like this are a start. Another is simply giving people the space to do what they want to do, when they have a legitimate request. So often, even if a learner wants to opt-out of mandated "learning" in favor of genuine learning, their request is denied without a second thought. That's the case, even as many educators struggle to inspire their students to want to learn.
When those moments of "I want to learn this!" occur, it's all-too-common for those requests to be dismissed in favor of one-size-fits-all instruction.
Providing a path out of that dilemma, for learners who do have an idea of what they'd like, is likely a key part of an overall solution. Helping other learners find those ideas for what they'd like is another.
(See Ken Robinson's second TED talk, Bring on the Learning Revolution, for a bit more on that concept.)
That's a good place to end this post... and a good talk to re-watch, even if you've already seen it.