A stimulating article on the limitations of the Great Books over at MajorChange.com:
What destroyed classical education was the preference for information rather than skills. When we read Francis Bacon declaring in the 1620s that “Knowledge is Power!” we find the motto not of classical learning, but of its abandonment. It was the desire for “encyclopedic” knowledge that characterized modern learning–as far back as the 1600s, when Reason was rejected as the means to truth and the Senses (and scientific instruments) set in its place.
Very important observations abound in this article. Take a look.