The answer to this depends on how much power I have in this imaginary scenario. Do I have the power to alter how people think? Do I have the power to get any law that I want passed? There is a large gap between what I would like to change and what I actually have the power to change.
If I had a great deal of power over the way people think, I would make two changes. I would first change people’s minds so that everyone cared a great deal about their children’s education. In this scenario, parents would get involved in their kids’ schooling, making sure that their kids did things like reading every day. I believe that this change would do more to improve our educational system than anything else could.
Second, I would change people’s minds to make them more frugal like my grandparents’ generation was. I think that we Americans get ourselves into financial and economic trouble because we want so many things and we are not willing to wait until we can actually afford things. If we would be more content with fewer material things, we would be happier and, I believe, have fewer social problems.
Of course, I do not have the power to make these things happen. However, I think that these kinds of changes are what would need to happen in order to really improve our society. I think that we need to change our attitudes much more than we need any changes in laws.