“More than 99% of sailors have at least a high school diploma, fully 11 points better than the general public. Many more have taken college courses or finished bachelor degrees.”
Let me drop few names here :
For education of public.
Pierre Bourdieu His work was primarily concerned with the dynamics of power in society, and especially the diverse and subtle ways in which power is transferred and social order maintained within and across generations. Pierre Bourdieu’s work emphasized how social classes, especially the ruling and intellectual classes, preserve their social privileges across generations despite the myth that contemporary post-industrial society boasts equality of opportunity and high social mobility, achieved through formal education. He said by dumbing down, cultural capital of lower social classes eroded which resulted in loss of vertical mobility .
Aldous Huxley, who in Brave New World (1931), discussed the ways that society was effectively dumbed-down in order to maintain political stability and social order.
For those high school diplomas :
An Englishman, the high school physics instructor, Wellington Grey, published an ınternet petition, wherein he said “ı am a physics teacher. or, at least ı used to be”; and complained that “[mathematical] calculations – the very soul of physics – are absent from the new general certificate of secondary education.”
An American, John Taylor Gatto dumbing us down: the hidden curriculum of compulsory schooling (1991, 2002) http://www.users.humboldt.edu/jwpowell/27806948-Dumbing-Us-Down-by-John-Taylor-Gatto.pdf
was it possible, ı had been hired, not to enlarge children’s power, but to diminish it? that seemed crazy, on the face of it, but slowly, ı began to realize that the bells and confinement, the crazy sequences, the age-segregation, the lack of privacy, the constant surveillance, and all the rest of the national curriculum of schooling were designed exactly as if someone had set out to prevent children from learning how to think, and act, to coax them into addiction and dependent behavior.
ın examining the seven lessons of teaching, gatto concluded that “all of these lessons are prime training for permanent underclasses, people deprived forever of finding the center of their own special genius.” that “school is a twelve-year jail sentence, where bad habits are the only curriculum truly learned. ı teach school, and win awards doing it. ı should know.”
For those college diplomas
Allan Bloom, for stripped down courses “closing of the american mind: how higher education has failed democracy and ımpoverished the souls of today’s students”
In my country we are also in a lethal downward spiral in a race to bottom which destroying any hope for the future of the country.