One of the greatest problems with higher education in America is that the U.S. began to model universities after the "gymnasiums" of Germany's educational system which were training centers. For, the higher educatonal facilities are another level.
In America, the fine arts are discredited. Science and math professors and athletic personnel, especially, are elevated and paid more than any liberal arts professor. No longer does the country revere the well-rounded education. Instead, "edu-training" is the direction of higher education. With the idea of procuring a profession that pays well, the sense of educating oneself in order to improve the mind and soul has taken serious flight.
Who needs to know about literature or music, anyway, when the internet can give answers? many youth believe. In the materialistic society of America, parents have abandoned any aesthetic appreciation, as well, as they strive for the all-important acquisition of material possessions and wealth, the "real" criterion of success.