Just based on what was on boing, too busy today to TFA and it's probably tl;dr anyway, but the argument presented - that teachers are worthless because people can google that info for "free" is idiotic, but it speaks to the larger problem.
One of the detriments of becoming wealthy, or even just "well off" in America is the delusion that you achieve that all on your own. A delusion that is well supported by most around you - specifically politicians who like to tell you that poverty is your fault.
What these people forget is, if it wasn't for public services - and the people who staff them and work for peanuts by comparison - there wouldn't be a civilization upon which they could stand and build things like google. All things are interrelated and just because you get paid well, doesn't mean that you - as a human being - are worth more than the person next to you, typically it means the opposite in my experience as the only way to get a larger share of the economic pie is to take pie from someone else as there is always only so much pie to go around.
If people like this want to be seen as "successful" then a better way than using the 0's in your bank account for keeping score would be the number of other people whom you can provide a meaningful existence and a living wage for. Companies should be graded on how many employees they have on a living wage - not on how much money they can transfer from the already impoverished to the already over rich.
Late stage capitalism only leads to one, unfortunate, destination - eventually there will be so little "pie" left for the rest of us that we'll be left with no choice but to take some back. That won't be pleasant for anyone involved.