Its about time because there are millions upon millions of people in this country that revel in their ignorance like its some badge of honor. If it weren't for the educated in this country that have brought it to the fore front of the development of new technology the U.S. would be an agrarian society with a low standard of living and very little power. Just for starters. Maybe with the election of BO we can change this misguided notion that ignorance is a good trait. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/09/opinion/09kristof.html?em Barack Obamaâ€™s election is a milestone in more than his pigmentation. The second most remarkable thing about his election is that American voters have just picked a president who is an open, out-of-the-closet, practicing intellectual. Maybe, just maybe, the result will be a step away from the anti-intellectualism that has long been a strain in American life. Smart and educated leadership is no panacea, but weâ€™ve seen recently that the converse â€” a White House that scorns expertise and shrugs at nuance â€” doesnâ€™t get very far either. We canâ€™t solve our educational challenges when, according to polls, Americans are approximately as likely to believe in flying saucers as in evolution, and when one-fifth of Americans believe that the sun orbits the Earth. Almost half of young Americans said in a 2006 poll that it was not necessary to know the locations of countries where important news was made. That must be a relief to Sarah Palin, who, according to Fox News, didnâ€™t realize that Africa was a continent rather than a country. Perhaps John Kennedy was the last president who was unapologetic about his intellect and about luring the best minds to his cabinet. More recently, weâ€™ve had some smart and well-educated presidents who scrambled to hide it. Richard Nixon was a self-loathing intellectual, and Bill Clinton camouflaged a fulgent brain behind folksy Arkansas aphorisms about hogs. As for President Bush, he adopted anti-intellectualism as administration policy, repeatedly rejecting expertise (from Middle East experts, climate scientists and reproductive health specialists). Mr. Bush is smart in the sense of remembering facts and faces, yet I canâ€™t think of anybody Iâ€™ve ever interviewed who appeared so uninterested in ideas.........con.