Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Modern Students: A Quote from Allan Bloom


As the spring semester comes to a close and I finish grading the myriad final projects for my class, I am reminded of a quote from the late Allan Bloom. This comes from his outstanding book The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today's Students.

Today’s select students know so much less, are so much more cut off from the tradition, are so much slacker intellectually, that they make their predecessors look like prodigies of culture. The soil is ever thinner, and I doubt whether it can now sustain the taller growths.
Written in 1987, the commentary is even sadder today than it was nearly 30 years ago.