The root of the problem is anti-intellectualism. Part of the solution, at least, involves explicitly examining and teaching this phenomenon. Here are some places to get started, which I’ll add to periodically in anticipation of EPY 8070, my freaky elective class this spring.
Trout, Paul. “Student Anti-Intellectualism and the Dumbing Down of the University.” In Montana Professor .
Hofstadter, Richard. Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. (Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.)
comments in 2001 by former USG Chanceller Portsch about Georgia’s “culture of anti-intellectualism”