I agree so much concerning functional illiteracy in the U.S. When I was a junior in high school, 3/4 of my class failed a fifth grade arithmetic test. My first great JW turmoil happened when I was in fifth grade, but reading several grades level that level. The Ministry School servants did not have fifth grade reading comprehension skills. I noticed their mistake. B/c I was so young, I had trouble sorting it. If they had the Holy Spirit, why did they make a mistake? Yet I could not tell anyone what I discovered. It was not my place. Recalling the incident in Acts where the Holy Spirit slays the couple that did not turn over their posessions, I felt condemned for sinning against the Holy Spirit, the only unforgivable sin. It tormented me for years.
There were so many sisters who could read in the KH. Time is precious to the WTBTS. We don't have beautiful stained glass windows or sculpture for which people could learn. I read a lot of English history for an American. Common people knew many Bible stories. Art work is full of obscure (today) references to certain plants, minor saints, and legendary figures. Christianity seems to have been the only entertainment before HBO. Shakespeare's works and others are littered with Biblical references.
When I visit the Cloisters Museum of Medieval Art in NYC, a set of transplanted abbies and convents, with art donated by Nelson Rockefeller, I feel overwhelmed. There are legends within the legends within the Bible story. I can only assume there were many dramas, lectures, festivals that taught Christianity to the masses.
We don't have celebrations. No one has time to teach.
Jesus chose fishermen. I read recently that it is unclear whether Jesus was truly literate. It had something to do with a pointing device when reading a scroll in the synagogue. He did not call the rabbinic or temple schools for applicants. In my personal life, I don't see a correlation between the essence of Christianity, love one another, faith, and advanced scholarship.l