ROFL. People like Pelosi believe themselves to be among the Academia elites. The elites control the education system, lowering quality of education standards for commoners, hoping that it will bring about a society of people ignorant to the point that they can be easily deceived and manipulated by the lies of Academia elites. (And I'm sorry to say it, but we have a few Repubs who think the same way...remember McCain's remarks about "hobbits"?)
Unfortunately for these Academia elites, Americans don't particularly appreciated being treated like mushrooms. We stubborn enough to take the initiative in finding out the facts on our own.