Once upon a time, universities were places of learning! By learning, I don't mean job training but a place where people's minds were exposed to all manner of things like philosophy, sociology, art, literature, psychology, history, etc.
People came out of those institutions of long ago unable to 'do' anything but their minds were open and free and they could think laterally and they could find and understand important relationships between the different disciplines and the world they lived in.
Once upon a time, universities were places where ideas fermented and fomented, where students were radical and filled with new ideas and were aware of new possibilities and prepared to put their lives on the line to create change in their society. The French Revolution was, in part, a result of the efforts of university students and radical thinkers.
Now universities are often moribund places. They are filled with staff who often do not represent the cream of the intelligentsia, whose minds have been hobbled by the narrow, tightly controlled academic system, one based upon jumping over prescribed hurdles and acquiring bits of paper for undertaking obscure projects. If you jump high enough and get enough bits of paper eventually you may get illustrious titles and a good salary and bore students for the rest of your life.
The purpose of a university seems to have changed from 'educating' in the broadest sense of the word to doing little more than providing the Capitalist System with willing, unquestioning skilled workers and consumers. When was the last time you heard of a university faculty suggesting or advocating or agitating for any real change in society? Of course, more and more funding of universities is via Big Business. Who pays the piper can call the tune, eh?
When was the last time you heard about university students railing or protesting against mendacious politicians, avaricious Big Business, the power of the Churches over people's minds, the enslaving of the Palestinians, the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the bias in the MSM, etc? They are too busy getting bits of paper so they can score high paying jobs and get among all the dubious benefits of capitalism.
Universities no longer provide a real 'education' - they are mainly vocational training centres. And those who work in them seem to resent anyone questioning their glaring inadequacies.
Will universities ever again truly educate?