Education is a good thing, but it must be taught in line with morals and ethics, this is where America has lost its way. A classical education (higher education I guess you could say) historically, has meant being taught the classics, and being taught in a classic manner. No cutting corners, no lowering the bar, just cut the mustard, or go out and get a job.
America, has been defining education as free access to everything, paid for by the state, and entitling everyone to the same results, regardless of where they rank on the work and score graph.
This has been exacerbated by lowering the bar, entitlement mentality, and racially preferential treatment, or handicapping; thus the worst get placed first, and the best get placed last, and racial profiling has replaced performance; blacks and chicano are placed before whites, because whites are seen to be more advantaged, and before asians because asians perform better. Thus to get into Berkeley you have an advantage if you are minority, while superior performance is downplayed as a requirement.
The result is that everyone feels they are entitled to the same as CEO's, Entrepreneurs, Sports figures, Entertainers, Actors, etc., and so no one wants to take the menial jobs anymore, everyone feels they are entitled to 'more' than they are qualified for or willing to work for, and they only way to get that is to take it away from those who are qualified and do work for it.
This is the result of our education system... it should be seriously cut back. We should fire a lot of tenured idiots who promote and foster this type of thinking and people should be offered some opportunity or scholarship help if they really want to contend, but if they don't, we should stop inflating their expectations and they should consider a trade, middle management or service position.
Everyone thinks they are going to get out of college (after being hand carried through) and walk out with their diploma in one hand, a joint in the other, rings in their lips eyes, ears, noses, tats all over themselves, and enter nirvana ... it ain't ever going to happen.. might as well understand that.. all we are doing is reducing reality to a cesspool.
What are we going to do with this mess?