In American society, the social life is considered by most to be the essence of education. As a result, we are a nation of hustlers that can easily navigate their way through any bureaucratic process better than anyone else in the world. Automated customer service over the phone? No problem. On the other hand, we are becoming a nation that thinks fame, money, and nepotism is the end all be all.
We could use more of a balance with an in-depth public education--objective sciences and social studies are in order. Our biggest problem is that our students graduate and still don't know anything. Americans throw up their arms baffled at politics and geography. Meanwhile, the answers are very simple when you understand the historical context of events. But we don’t study history here. Our history is nothing more than an extension of the New Testament—the hagiographical accounts of several larger-than-life political figures that the History Channel reveres as gods (with a few exciting wars thrown in for the guys to read about).
We have always placed an emphasis on social life over education. In Texas, we have these things called "High Schools", which are nothing more than training facilities for future college athletes. Young women are taught how to wear makeup there.