I am going to have to disagree with the statement made for the posting. I do not believe that youth today, overall, are more enlightened than previously. Instead, I tend to agree more with litteacher8 and pacorz.
I have recently banned the following statement in my classroom: "At least I passed." I am sorry, but this does not prove to speak to the increased enlightenment of the youth today.
Now, if the quote is based upon the Merriam Webster definition,
a philosophic movement of the 18th century marked by a rejection of traditional social, religious, and political ideas and an emphasis on rationalism,
I would agree, with one exception. While the youth today are rejecting traditional social rules and political ideas, they are not placing an emphasis on rationalism.