Can we know only what we are prepared to know?
If an individual has never learned to add and subtract that individual cannot learn how to divide and multiply.
Our American educational system, K-12, attempts to teach minimum fundamentals that prepare an individual to function within our high tech society. Our colleges and universities generally augment these fundamentals with some form of specialized knowledge that will make it possible for graduates to obtain good jobs.
Few graduates from our American educational system are prepared to comprehend the very complex type of problems our society encounters. In a democracy such as ours the citizens can choose the politicians to act as their representatives in government. In a democracy such as ours the citizen can veto any public policy that they do not comprehend even though it might be necessary for the survival of the American culture and perhaps even of the survival of the human species.
Under such circumstances is a democratic form of government adequate?
If not what form of government is adequate?
Is it possible for us to educate citizens to the higher level of sophistication that is required to manage a sophisticated high tech society such as ours?