@variablepulserate Yes, but the knowledge taught now is particular rather than general. And so world history gets squeezed out for an extra helping of whatever a specialty needs. (And agreement about what exactly should make up a general education is also far harder to come by, even for places that try.)
Lack of transfer of knowledge is demonstrated again and again and is kind of amazingly resistant. Knowing how to do a thing in domain A only rarely carries over to doing it in domain B. Which is why “computery stuff will make people such whizzes at (math/physics/whathaveyou)” is wishful BS.
Though on teaching intelligence, there definitely was a big shift from Uni being a rare thing to being generally expected - and what happens when you aim to grant the whole bell curve a degree as a matter of course.