Son of Liberty
Well, I wouldn't consider it obscure but I would place blame not only on the educational system, but on parents as well as the students themselves. I agree, it seems that is all the public school system focus on, passing standarized tests.But whose fault is it if students don't see the educational value in learning something obscure? It seems these days that schools are only concerned with teaching kids how to do well on standardized tests.
I say yes, schools should place more of an emphasis on classical languages as well as the arts. Anything that helps kids learn how to learn. All they're learning now is how to test.