There are people who agree with me out there! Here are some additional materials that expand and emphasize my point:
– http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pr1w2– This is a BBC radio talk with Brian Eno where he talks about the benefits of going to art school and how it fosters innovation. He also expands on the topic by echoing his concerns about it moving toward stifling creativity.
– This is a student panel of VCUarts majors. Here they discuss why they chose VCUarts and an art college in general.