Just a quick rant from me. There is nothing wrong with not having a higher education. Too often are people, experiences and opinions dismissed because they are not put forth by someone with proper class/education/taste/etc.
Most recently a guy who was trying to impress my Japanese wife at a carnival we went to recently complained that “people who vote for Danish People’s Party are uneducated buffoons. It’s true, just look at the statistics – and it’s a great problem for this country that that party gains so much influence. They are not educated”.
I have also seen those statistics but let me repeat: There is nothing wrong with not having a higher education. It does not disqualify you from taking part in the democratic process.
I think that the proponents of these sentiments towards the masses associate their antipathy with something noble such as the Enlightenment, The Modern Breakthrough, rationalism, in that it places great value in knowledge (in a Platonic sense of people gradually working towards one divine truth) and rational calculations (as in nation building, social engineering, modernism and its belief that, given all the facts, the right solution to any problem can always be calculated).
In fact it might as easily be associated with the pre-modern, pre-democratic, society ruled by aristocrats and only free male land-owners’ voices were heard.