You can quite a lot about a culture by their attitude towards education. Not just a positive or negative one (I have yet to meet someone who was negative about it), but how much we invest in it. How much do we learn what education should offer the next generations. Here is a truism
… our children will face a much different world than we did
This has always been true. The more critical point is that the difference are growing sharper. Societies are evolving more quickly than ever. this means our kids will be stressed in very different ways than we are to get ahead.
It is not because everything will be different. It is because systems of knowledge management will enable our kids to be more ambitious than we could be. From a strategic point of view, it is better to anticipate how these things will evolve rather than allow the world to pass you by.