It seems every company I visit I have to continually recreate business processes. It would be nice if we had open source design patterns for basic business processes.
The pool of knowledge that could be created from that would be awesome! So much time and money could be saved by humanity.
If people want to take the easy way out and have it harm their lives (like taking celebrity advice and not giving their children vaccines as a result) then fine. The problem is that a lot of the people you talk about vote in large numbers and can harm me in that way.
With the direction America is going I don't know if it's possible to reverse the trend of not teaching critical thinking skills more in the classroom. It seems that special interests set the agenda these days. It would take a major crisis for anything to change.