Yesterday, a young man told me, "There is no group of people in the entire world who are less intellectually curious than American college girls."
He continued, "Seriously -- 80-year-old black churchwomen, 30-year-old Mexican day laborers, they all have more intellectual curiosity than your typical college girl. Maybe some of these girls are smart and get good grades, but I've never spoken to a single one who expresses any sort of awe or wonderment about the world around her. And they just never have anything interesting to say. Worse, if I tell them about anything interesting that I've learned recently, the only responses I can expect are, 'Oh,' or, 'You're weird'."
"I thought people were supposed to go to college because they're actually interested in learning."
I had to laugh.