"Mid-twentieth-century academia idealized a college graduate as one who recalls Socrates and Galileo and Beethoven's Ninth. The twenty-first-century college identifies her as one with habits of critique. We have evolved from knowledge to dispositions, materials to skills. This is coherence without content, an attempt to resolve the contrary demands of diversity and direction with a new spin on e pluribus unum: out of many unrelated college courses, one analytical mind."
- Mark Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation Grows Up