"When education became as concentrated as wealth, the big tail of less educated population finally made the anti-education atmosphere a reality. And now that I think of, concentration of education is very likely to throw politics in favor of less educated population in a one-person-one-vote system, that's interesting to think."
Yes, we're seeing it now. In the US collegiate education has been 'two track' for as long as anyone can remember: you have a large body of 'state' colleges that are partially subsidized by the state, and you have a much smaller body of elite schools that it is very hard to get into without lots of money. Some state schools have high standards and some elite schools aren't really that elite, they just cost a lot. But by and large elite schools give you a much more comprehensive education and it includes priceless chances to network with the other future elites of America, and state schools only give you what you take out of them via dint of your own hard work, and sometimes that's little more than a diploma.
It starts at the level of grade school, because for almost everywhere you go in America, education is funded by property tax. It follows that wealthy districts are better funded than poor districts. Americans bend over backwards and scrimp and save to move to a district with good rated schools when they can, so their kids can have that advantage. This demand for houses in that district further inflates property values in that district, etc. Those kids whose parents move in are usually made to feel out of place anyway, by their wealthier peers and sometimes their educators, and can find the entire experience very embittering. Those wealthy peers have the option of private school, which can cost as much per year as college does. Wealthy families can afford 13 years of that on top of college. Poor families cannot.
What has really put icing on the cake is the fact that for the poor, the costs of college loans in the long term are really destructive -- so Americans put themselves through the grind of education in order to better themselves, but are even more under the gun when they graduate and must begin repayment. In America our parents and grandparents attended college at a cost that could be readily covered by a part time job while you went to college. Now if you go to a state school you can still end up paying it off for decades, and it's common for students at private schools to rack up well over $100k in student loan debt, trying to finance an elite education. This money must be paid off. Educational loans cannot be written off if you declare bankruptcy, as many other kinds of debt can be done -- you're stuck with it until it's paid off, and by the time you're done paying interest, you end up paying several times what you borrowed. So at the time that our parents and grandparents were graduating debt free, and maybe with a little help from their parents buying a house and a nice car and so on, today's students have to take on even more debt to buy those things, which makes it worse -- so much worse that many no longer even try to buy their own house. So the sense is growing, at least among the 'have nots' in America, that education in the US is a racket that is more concerned with writing crippling loans to young people than it is with the former educational standards this country was known for.
Many people trapped in the system haven't really realized that it's all by design, but they definitely can tell that they're trapped in something. And there are of course all manner of other things going on to stress them out -- medical insurance and bills, drug addictions (many Americans become addicted to prescription painkillers and when those get cut off, they end up on heroin, which is wreaking havoc across America -- you see, our wealthy are currently waging their own Opium War against America's poor). You have government programs of assistance that have had their budgets cut for decades and are now no longer able to fulfill their basic tasks, and a full on corporate media blitz every time they turn on their TV. And in America we frequently set the poor against the poor -- the media portray it as 'Cops vs Black People' or something similarly inflammatory, so you have two groups of poor folks who hate each other and feel like the other's out to get them. It gets ugly quickly, everyone' stereotypes come out and are on prominent display.
So you now have these cultural elites that are suddenly seeing tremendous unrest from the American populace. They do not know how to handle it. They are trying, but they can see it slipping out of their control. And frankly they're beginning to become terrified. If you studied the ancien regime that ruled France prior to the rise of the Jacobins, you can see lots of parallels to the present. Americans are even starting to refer to the guillotine in our political discussions...
if all this litany of wrongdoing makes it sound like I hate my country, I love my country. Can't really help it, I suppose. But it's undeniable that it's a bad and dangerous time to belong to the working class in America, and many people are looking around for a solution, any solution that might work. Some of those solutions are pretty drastic.