It's not even about specialized education. The brain is a muscle for knowledge. If we don't stimulate that knowledge it will atrophy over time or simply not develop at all.Yeah, definitely. I went to a pretty rigorous high school, but in the first week of college we had a basic essay writing class and we had to write a short paper on something random and then pass them around and read each other's.
I was baffled at the low quality of writing coming from my peers. It was horrible, like middle school level if even that. But I understand that most people probably don't have an opportunity to go to specialized schools, and just end up in whatever the closest public school is in their neighborhood. Still sad.
There is nearly zero incentive to learn to write well, or even at all, for the average person today. Many of us consider it important(and it is) but to the younger generation why? Their focus is on instant quickly understandable concepts rather than structure and tone. The texting language is a good example of this. How many absolutely god-awful resumes have we all seen? Their language is becoming digital and in so doing loses most of the emotion transfer behind the words.
Hell, even the sciences are going this way. Take a bog-standard LC/MS. Today is nothing really like the early tools. We used to call it "lucifers chromatography" for a reason. Now it's mostly done inside the software and hardware. Even sample prep is being slowly eroded away from the user for the sake of accuracy and precision. What I see happening more and more at other labs(where they focus on costs vs agility) is the entire analyst staff becomes button pushers. They can RUN things really well... as long as NOTHING WHATSOEVER changes. Not one of them knows HOW anything works anymore.