We are brought up not to make a fuss, ever, even over severed limbs and cranial trauma. Never mind that you just lost your house in a poker game, buy the round.. that's Texas. It's that, or slink out like a yeller-bellied skunk. Go out, guns a-blazin', is the cultural motto. Never mind if they deliver the bill to your widow.
There is also, as lies under the bulk of American society, a tremendous amount of classism.
Caught in that generation, whose parents couldn't do as well as their parents, and who could never, statistically, even do as well as that! I inherited a family in the middle. We had a house and two cars, but neither parent was statistically functional enough to fill out my Pell Grant papers or the ones to Rice University (I didn't want to live in Houston anyway).
In the time I was given, where nothing was expected of me, I became an autodidact.
I taught myself graphic and web design. I took advantage of jobs needing cheap, self-educating labor with the State of TX, and worked it into some skills still working for me, today.
I still send people home, to look up "Autodidact".
It means that I taught myself.
In this world, where learning is owned by companies and complicities, the autodidacts are the ones examining, measuring, learning and speaking out.