This was not my experience at all. Odds that a given student at MIT (where I attended graduate school) can think are much higher than finding a student who can think at LSU (my undergraduate institution). Odds that a given student can think at Western Carolina University (where I taught physics and directed the Forensic Science Program) are very close to zero. In contrast, by the time they graduate, Most students at the Air Force Academy (where I served on the Math faculty) have demonstrated pretty good capacity for thought.
Schools that require demonstrated capacity for thought for admissions and coursework tend to have graduates who are better thinkers than those that do not.
I hope you're fired, your existence was propped up by those students.