… and, the problem of underachievers and people who don’t pay attention in school/fail to apply themselves/fail to complete assignments goes back to… forever… essentially. Here is an interesting little exercise to try that will probably prove my point:
The next time that you are near an antiques/collectibles shop, ask if they sell vintage used postcards. If you do this, you will undoubtedly find what I have found multiple times, namely that there were a whole lot of people in the late 19th Century, early 20th Century, and even the mid-20th Century who were barely literate. Yes, the penmanship was almost always museum-worthy, but the spelling and grammar that you will see on postcards from “The Good Old Days” was frequently appallingly bad.
We have always had people who were not interested in learning, or in applying what they learned, or who are just plain lazy, but nowadays they are much more visible, thanks to the internet.