And it may be your own darn fault. That is if you are the typical student that drifts through college or university and barely puts in any effort (ten years of teaching now and I see it all the time . . .).

Consider this from the NYTs:
"Over four years, we followed the progress of several thousand students in more than two dozen diverse four-year colleges and universities. We found that large numbers of the students were making their way through college with minimal exposure to rigorous coursework, only a modest investment of effort and little or no meaningful improvement in skills like writing and reasoning."

The simple fact of the matter is that many students come out of college and university just as ignorant and unskilled as when they went in:
"a large number of the students showed no significant progress on tests of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing that were administered when they began college and then again at the ends of their sophomore and senior years. If the test that we used, the Collegiate Learning Assessment, were scaled on a traditional 0-to-100 point range, 45 percent of the students would not have demonstrated gains of even one point over the first two years of college, and 36 percent would not have shown such gains over four years of college."

The dumbest generation, as one writer has suggested?

Perhaps so.