Bloom wrote an influential book in the mid 1980's called "The Closing of the American Mind." We cite it in our book. Bloom was worried about the growing menace of postmodern language and theory in the arts/humanities. Looking at Bloom today, we think he didn't go far enough.
The authors of the Atlantic peice make some interesting points and call into question the wisdom of treating college students as precious cargo. Part of the college experience is finding out you really don't know that much.