The quote of the day comes from a comment made by Breda on The Squirrel Report podcast, Episode 312. In a discussion about the new Democrat poster girl, Congresswoman-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) aka AOC who has been particularly gaffe-prone in her TV interviews, after noting that she had a degree in Economics, Breda said:
She really is a product of what colleges have become.
I think Breda is correct and this is especially true in the liberal arts. I went to a liberal arts college and got a well-rounded liberal arts education with majors in both political science and economics. I think the difference was that my professors came from another generation and were not merely regurgitating narrow findings from their dissertation research. They had lived lives outside of academia. Many were veterans. Some were conscientious objectors as befitted their Quaker faith. Some had been involved in the early civil rights movement. Some had even served time in prison for being conscientious objectors. Most were liberal but respected opposing views and welcomed the debate.