All of them feature people who went to school 5 days a week year after year until they left. Every one of these people started out at school eager to learn. I literally see them every single day as they get off the bus or are walked to school by their parent. This is almost worse than the "Out Walking" episodes where talk show hosts ask voters who is president and 74% don't actually have a clue.
From Thomas Jefferson:
I look to the diffusion of light and education as the resource most to be relied on for ameliorating the condition, promoting the virtue and advancing the happiness of man.It didn't use to be such a long road and we all used to agree what it meant to be better and more virtuous.
We've always had the wastelands. They used to be found in places we didn't go. It's a standard joke with me that I share, "if we hear banjo music we're turning around!"
Wonder in amazement that the former major industrial city cores are nothing but wastelands with a few tiny oases of civilization. The surrounding heart of those cities is bleaker than anything Oliver Twist would have known.
I didn't do it. You didn't do it. None of my actual ancestors did it, but we left the inner cities to the non-existent mercies of the communists, fellow travelers, and the liberal progressives and they destroyed what was left behind as people grew tired of them and moved to other places to escape the reach of socialists who know better than you.
Those guys still insist that they know better than you. They have a plan for you. You won't survive it.