IMO the education system has been severely dumbed down, the level of literacy is often shocking, respect for self and others is at an all time low, responsibility and accountability have been replaced with laziness and self-entitlement etc.
Total bowlarks IME and IMO, although tbf we live in a niceish area and the schools of which I have experience of are "good" schools, both of which have strong minded, driven heads and motivated hard working teaching staff.
My eldest daughter, in Yr6, is certainly working far beyond most stuff that I was doing back an junior school in the seventies, they've also started doing - shock horror - grammar again. I didn't even know what grammar was (i thought it was just a type of school) until I started doing French in secondary school. Sport is encouraged (my eldest is school sports captain/junior leader-whatever) and has taken part and had coaching in swimming, athletics, football, tag rugby, netball, basketball and tennis.
All in all much better than my seventies junior education, having done the rounds of the secondary schools over the last couple of years they also seem a lot better than the soulless, impersonal exam factory with grammar school pretensions and largely time serving teachers which I attended in the eighties. Thumbs up for "modern" education.