If we think of a liberal education as one which seeks to provide human beings with a means for realizing their humanity, we must recognize immediately that our educational institutions are completely out of it. It is not just that they aren't doing the job. They are in another ball park, playing a duller-and dirtier-game.

One of the rules of the game they are playing is that everyone must pretend that whatever is going on constitutes a liberal education. This doesn't really fool very many people, but it introduces so many irrelevancies into any discussion of the matter that coming to any kind of conclusion becomes impossible. Since another rule has it that any change in the rules must be preceded by an exhaustive discussion of all aspects of the matter, the game goes on and on and on, in the same form that it has for a century or more. In the meantime, some of the more desperate spectators have begun ripping the stadium apart.