I am all for the government providing education for people to raise themselves up, but all the government can do it provide the opportunity. This has been a fundamental issue forever now. You can provide the education, but it is up to the parents and individual to take advantage. That is why dirt poor Indian and Chinese kids can excel in the worst environment, but relatively taken care of first world poor fail and fail again. Parenting is the differentiation between success and failure.
But I don't think you understand the level of commitment (at least Chinese parents) put in raising a child. Literally, they will force you to study and learn while others are playing sports. Totally different from any other parenting culture. Chinese parents will never spend any money for enjoyment but since you were 6, you were flooded with books about acing tests.