|2020/11/15 11:24, Belamir:||edited 1x |
|That's actually a good point, although perhaps replace 'stupidity' (low IQ) with 'ignorance' (lack of education).
In the US, the latter is a HUGE problem. Not only because the public schools, that educate the majority of the population (and virtually all of the non-wealthy population) are severely underfunded and have been for decades - but also because in the US education system, critical thinking skills are heavily emphasized at the university level, but much less so in high school and below (where the education system relies more on memorization and regurgitation). A nontrivial portion of the population never makes it to (or through) the university level in their education.
But even worse, in the US it is culturally acceptable, even encouraged, to look down on education and on those that are educated. This is possibly a leftover attitude from decades ago when it was actually possible to finish high school and go straight into a job that paid enough to support a family, buy a house, and retire comfortably - but for the most part those jobs no longer exist unless you have a higher level of education (university or above). But the attitude of 'those educated snobs, screw them, I work hard and am successful without that fancy university degree' still exists.
So in the US we have both a lack of critical thinking skills among the population, and an outright hostility towards acquiring them. And that is a combination that is easy to exploit for political ends - and in my opinion, it absolutely has been, and will continue to be.