This is a natural consequence of several things, the first being the difficulty nowadays of there being any sort of good discipline. Try it and the teacher hears from the parents' lawyers. So, what does a teacher do -- he or she just lets the problem kids slide and educates the ones that actually want to learn and have parental support for what the teacher is doing. The best that can be done with the others is keep them under control.
So you turn out a pretty good elite, but that is all.
Perfect answer!!!The tiny amount compared to the vast majority!Yes some of the elite may be getting smarter but out of 350 mil in the US the vast majority are not,they in fact are going backwards.As your first point stated to many freedoms have become a burden,discipline cannot be established therefore the majority can do as they please.Learn or not.No consequences when you know the gov will make the responsible take care of you if they want to or not.