Not sure I'd use the word 'stupid' but I get what you are saying. When you are told you are special from virtually day one, get awards for simply being, higher education can simply add fuel to the empowered/entitled fire.I'm not saying there aren't exceptions. And in the case of real STEM jobs, one certainly needs the training and credential. But it's absolutely the case that the majority of "soft" office jobs require relatively paltry training. And correspondingly, the basic lib arts degrees leading to these jobs are equally stultifying. These days people are actually stupider coming out of the universities than they were going in.