American Legion Magazine was making the same complaint you hear in 2023.
REALLY THINK about that.
If that is so, what era would you have to go back to there that WASN’T so?
We can go to the 1930s. In the 1930s, colleges were very egalitarian (for white professors). They hired an equal amount of male and female professors and as long as you were white and upper class ,they received what would be considered a very progressive education.
Prior to that, you had John Dewey, the famous progressive educator who was influential in the early part of the 20th century through the 1930s and whose effects remain in anything that says “child centered education”.
1951. Same complaints. Maybe – just maybe – this isn’t what the complaint is about at all and never was.