Dr. Groff's reference to education and the federal constitution is not a matter of debate. Convolution, certainly, but not debate. The US Constitution is a short, easy read, well worth the time and effort.
Ludwig von Mises of the Austrian School of Economics observed years ago that it is disingenuous to claim on one hand that the masses have no ability to correctly decide for themselves while claiming on the other hand that democracy works. Either the masses can run the economy by their individual decisions to buy or abstain from buying, or the omnipotent planning board must make all of the choices for them.
The often sought-after middle ground is simply the temporary balancing act before we tip toward either freedom or socialism, with the subtle and persistent influence of the socialists slowly tipping the scales in their favor.
Mises believed in freedom. Can I assume that you are not an advocate of freedom since you put such little faith in the masses?
As I have said before, it's either the parents making the decisions or we turn all children over to the likes of you and me. I will assume that the majority of parents would opt for their own decision-making skills, and I will assume that they will be right many more times than I.