The College Admissions Scandal: Fruit Born of Utilitarian Philosophy

Quoting from part of the essay:

... The very idea of education itself is fundamentally misunderstood.

T.S. Eliot wrote about this a few generations ago in an essay called "Modern Education and the Classics." In it, he identified, even then, a "crisis of education," that largely resulted from a kind of utilitarianism that dominated the university, what Eliot called "getting on."

"The individual wants more education," he wrote, "not as an aid to the acquisition of wisdom but in order to get on; the nation wants more in order to get the better of other nations, the class wants it to get the better of other classes, or at least to hold its own against them."

Today, "getting on" is the only reason many universities exist. ...