"Well, this is the world’s most technically advanced society, and we have people denying climate change. These guys are still in deep denial, and future generations, what few of them will be alive, are just going to go, “What were you freaking people doing? What was wrong with you?” So, in a sense, an F. But if it makes you feel any better, you can say a B-minus. We have this top tier [of scientists] in the U.S., the people who graduated from Stanford, from Berkeley, from MIT, Cornell. Those people are still exceptional and really good. But we have this enormous gap between that and just regular software writers and farmers and people that need to be scientifically literate."
World's most technically advanced society? Really? One of the first steps to solving your problem is to admit you have one.
So, only Ivy Leagues can produce top-tier scientists? So much for the American Dream.
Aside from the fact that pretty much the only people who can afford to go to the Ivy Leagues are those with money, these schools produce good people because they only let good people in. There's really not much challenge in that.