Nobody can put it in a better way than Carl Sagan. The lack of understanding when it comes to the science and technology we use every day is sooner or later going to blow up in our faces.
“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”
― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
Check out this video to see him explain it like none other can
I often tell people that I think everyone should have a basic understanding of the devices and technology that they use and depend on. Most people think that is ridiculous, I think that kind of response is ridiculous. There are so many disasters and mishaps that could have been prevented if there was even a very basic knowledge present.