Here's the thing. When I was growing up, a long, long time ago, we Americans were very proud of the fact that we led the world in just about everything. We had the brightest and best of just about everything creative. Writers, Poets, Movie Makers, Inventors, Manufacturers, Scientists, Researchers, Athletes, Political Leaders, Educators, and on and on. We were clearly the most powerful nation on the face of this planet. We were looked up to, we were the example, we were liked and admired.
If you accept all of that, then think about this. We did all of that, plus we had saved the world's ass in two world wars. And, we did it with an education system that was not all that complicated. We held the belief that all children were entitled to receive a certain level of education, equally, and we admired college graduates, and educated people in general. Does anyone disagree with that?
Oh, and we went to the moon.
So, please, someone tell me this: If we did indeed achieve all of the above, and more, who decided, and when did they decide, and (most important of all) why did they decide that our system of education needed to be changed in any way?
What changed? Why did the changes that were instituted cause us to lose respect for education and for educated people? When, and how did we create so many people who lack common sense, and the ability to think for themselves? And, why has the cost of a college education risen so high, while wages have stayed so low?
Because, you see, for me it sure looks like we no longer lead the world in much of anything except stupid. We lack respect for intelligence and education. We elected (with a little help from his friends) the world's absolute worst human being. We have allowed him and his ilk to turn events and developments which seriously threaten the future of the entire planet into political issues. And, now, our education system, which at present is not really being used, has totally failed us. Or, would it be more accurate to say that we have failed our education system?