From Jeremiah Poff at The College Fix:
Two veteran academics who have diagnosed different plagues in modern higher education have little optimism for young people entering college for the foreseeable future, judging by their presentations to a conference this past weekend at Franciscan University of Steubenville, a conservative Catholic institution.
College students have no passions today and “aren’t trained to pay attention to the things they feel connected to,” former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz told the gathering on the “crisis” in American higher education at the Veritas Center for Public Ethics.
In fact, higher education has become “profoundly unintellectual” and student life has become about “accumulating gold stars,” said Deresiewicz, who publicly disavowed Ivy League education several years after leaving Yale. More.
Vast herds of mediocre academics probably like this situation. They will do what they can to discreetly promote it because it means that no smart young thing can show them up – the smart young things have been kept ignorant by two decades of conventional education.
Yes, that stink you noticed is coming from the system itself.
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