Of course, if you fail to have a serious conversation because you ignored all the lessons of the past you might learn because the pursuit of a classical education isn't considered valuable, you fall prey to big lies that folks want you to believe about your world.
The oil is still here. The poison is still here. People are still getting sick. The land and sea is corrupted, and there isn't a whole hell of a lot we can do about it, because most people have wished away the problem like in a fairy tale.