Universities are still educators of the wealthy; but Bloom spoke out
against the extremely bourgeois attitudes present on campus. The
average undergrad at a typical state school has a parental income of
over $100k (eg top 15% of households). The difference between now and
then is the lowering of standards (grade inflation) and the
deprecation of the liberal arts. Universities are becoming nothing
but holding tanks for the upper middle class kids to linger until they
become mature enough (is that possible?) to get on the corporate
career track. A common attitude amongst profs is "pass em all and let
the job market sort it out"; solidifying such low standards.
Bloom was also concerned with the attitude of the students toward
The students where I work wouldn't demonstrate unless you took their
iPods and Papst Blue Ribbon away. To a large extent this was wishful
thinking based on his own days as an undergrad, but I think it's
important to analyze the way students view their own education. The
only bright spot is that PhD programs and students have not fallen too
far in this regard.
Could say more but I am entering rant territory.
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