From the data, it is obvious that the United States has a positive correlation between number of years of education and gross wages:
As a result of these numbers, everybody and their dog agrees that, to reduce poverty and increase wages, we should increase the average timespan of education. Statistics since 1950 show that we have been doing just that:
However, the data shows that real wages in the US have been stagnant over the past thirty years. This piece of data is apparently obscure enough that I had a hard time finding a graph for it, even though it concerns one of the most basic facts about the country’s well-being:
The only reasonable conclusion, it seems, is that a large part of the pursuit of education is cargo cult science.