“…intellectual freedom is a deep-rooted tradition without which our characteristic western culture could only doubtfully exist. From that tradition many of our intellectuals are visibly turning away. They have accepted the principle that a book should be published or suppressed, praised or damned, not on its merits but according to political expediency. And others who do not actually hold this view assent to it from sheer cowardice.”
(George Orwell, 1953)
The whole article is worth a read and I can attest that the schools are turning our illiterates. I have been tutoring several public schooled children in my area this past year and there have been several students even up to Grade 6 who are not even reading at a solid grade 1 level.