As has been most "in-your-face" this last year, we need education reform in this country. The fact that large numbers of people are ignorant enough to believe obviously false information is extremely concerning.
The more highly educated the population becomes, the better everything functions. To encourage everyone to continue their education benefits the country - and themselves, personally.
Obviously the more available you make education to those who can't afford it, the more likely they are to continue and excel. We are stupid indeed if we do not do everything to encourage this.
Additionally, people in prison should be forced to get educated, whether they choose to or not. Their likelihood for continued failure is higher if they do not have skills to pursue.