Universities are signal places for idleness, looseness, profaneness, prodigality, and gross ignorance. We are at pains to make them scholars but not men. To talk rather than to know which is true canting. We pursue false knowledge and mistake education extremely.
From Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History)
[He was referring to the Universities of England in the mid 1600’s but it appears to me it could be said with a fair degree of accuracy about the universities of the United States today. Many of the professed elite are profoundly ignorant of the application of the subjects they teach in the real world.—Joe]