"At the same time, because these schools tend to cultivate liberal attitudes, they leave their students in the paradoxical position of wanting to advocate on behalf of the working class while being unable to hold a simple conversation with anyone in it."
Ha! So, true.
I also agree that taking risks and thinking beyond the next assignment is something most top universities fail to teach. I think they would like to advertise themselves with puffery, like any other business venture, and you as the smart consumer (for yourself, or for your children) must decide how to approach your education formally and informally to become truly "well-rounded."