... would be to teach kids about debt in school.
I learned to avoid debt from my father. We taught it to our kids. None of them have a cent of student loan debt. Meanwhile, the rest of the country has gone debt-mad for degrees, many of which will never pay off. Why weren't these kids taught to weigh costs and benefits in high school?
Possibly because the student loan racket is a ginormous gravy train for the education industry.
Here's an excellent, related essay.