There's a theory of Time Perception, which explains that the way an Eighty Year Old person perceives the passage of a Year, is the same as the way that an Eight Year Old perceives the passage of a Summer.
Eight hours a day is a heavy burden for a child, to spend inside, at a desk.
That it's spent at a desk goes back to Civil War times when the American Educational System was designed as "busy work", not especially suited to the Energy of Children.
"We are all Born Scientists, Curious and full of Wonder"" is a the essence of a quote I've heard from Neil DeGrasse Tyson, where he further explains that it is regimented out of us by our Educational System.
That the Poor are the ones most Victimized, as per this article, is because, as in all phases of their lives, they lack the financial wherewithal to Kick Back at their Oppressors, with no level playing field to compete on.
The Ethical Education of our Younger Generations has been usurped by the same malicious forces that have seen fit to undermine this once promising country on almost every other level, and facet, of its existence.