The current economic problems that the West faces were not purely a result of greed and dishonesty. Our business and government leaders chose to ignore the experts, and instead went by the whims of the public. Given that the average person cannot deal with large numbers and has trouble with logic, why are we surprised?
It doesn’t help when I read pieces like http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/when-an-adult-took-standardized-tests-forced-on-kids/2011/12/05/gIQApTDuUO_blog.html?wprss=answer-sheet and http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/revealed-school-board-member-who-took-standardized-test/2011/12/06/gIQAbIcxZO_blog.html ,
which presents the argument similar to those given some years ago by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post: “I can’t do mathematics, therefore it isn’t necessary”.