It is foolish to waste higher education on people who would rather study “Seinfeld” than Socrates, and disingenuous to confuse the pursuit of truth with the pursuit of profit.

— “The Brains Business”,

Clarification: this is about the decay of the purpose of high education from facilitating the development of contemplative, liberally educated (PDF), well-rounded, responsible people, who are the sine qua non of liberal democracy, into being a stepping stone to a higher-paying job.