We still have this idea that all you need to get a job is "more education," as if there are just so many jobs floating around that people are just too dumb to fill. There are already more educated people than there are jobs for them. We have no sufficient outlets for the amount of creativity in our society. There are all sorts of good ideas out there, but no money to implement them. What we have is a creative surplus. There are all sorts of problems that require creative and innovative solutions: global warrming, peak oil, aquifer depletion, failing agricultural yields, pollution, urban sprawl, political conflicts, the list goes on and on. Yet our advanced knowledge and learning is not put towards the purpose of solving our real problems. This is the tragedy of our time. "More college" is not going to fix this. It goes back to our cardinal religion that the invisible hand will magically sort it all out. News flash: the invisible hand is invisible because it doesn't exist.
The truth is, our leaders have no answers and don't care. After all, they have jobs, and the power to make sure their friends and relatives do too.