Veblen got it right a century ago. The trend has been downhill since then. The institution itself stands in the way of learning. Of course, the problem of education begins much earlier than the university, like in kindergarten. It's not that we don't know how to do this much better. The institutional structure gets in the way of our doing it. Why are we institutionalizing children from an early age?
Veblen on universities
Daniel Little | Chancellor, University of Michigan at Dearborn