Getting into the Ivy League has been the dream of many an American child and young adult. It’s iconic, to the point that the genre has been wildly overdone in Hollywood. But the thought behind the dream was that not only was gracing the hallowed halls of an ivy league proof that you were scholastically advanced or a hard worker, but it also came with the idea that you’d have a leg up when they started looking for work.
In theory, the schools that are the hardest to get into should produce the students who can work the hardest, right? That’s been the prevailing wisdom up until very recently when the mainstream has started to catch up to the people who still know how to wade in a stream.
For you see, the elites have over time become just that, elitists, and it’s been decades since many on the conservative/common sense side of the spectrum considered the opinions formed inside the ivy-covered walls of academia to be worth more than the paper they’re written on.
Sure, there’s something to be said for math and scientific development, but time and again academics have demonstrated that they have no grasp on human nature, natural reactions, and in some cases, the history of the world. That was demonstrated when it became clear that they were cutting the career legs out from under their supposedly advanced and worthy students by making them worthless.
The cringe felt by people with common sense and on-the-job experience has even spread to those higher up, last week where R.R. Reno who is an editor of First Things, a well-known religious public policy magazine, said that he has almost entirely stopped hiring those who graduated from Ivy Leagues schools because as he put it, too “woke,” too “self-important,” or have had the will to stand up for what matters taught right out of them.
“A decade ago I relished the opportunity to employ talented graduates of Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and the rest. Today? Not so much,” Reno said. He went on to demonstrate his point by telling a story about a student strike that took place last year at his alma mater, Haverford College, which he described as similar to Harvard.
According to the editor, this previously extreme measure took place due to concerns over “antiblackness” and the “erasure of marginalized voices.” Their hard work ended up in an all-college Zoom meeting that, “accomplished little besides outing the ‘thin-skinned narcissism and naked aggression’ of many of the students.”
However, the outspokenness of those he disagreed with was not the primary issue that Reno took with how the students responded. The editor said that he was taken aback by the number of students who refused to speak up in areas where their voices mattered:
“If students can be traumatized by ‘insensitivity’ on that leafy campus, then they’re unlikely to function as effective team members in an organization that has to deal with everyday realities,” Reno said. “And in any event, I don’t want to hire someone who makes inflammatory accusations at the drop of a hat.
“Student activists don’t represent the majority of students. But I find myself wondering about the silent acquiescence of most students. They allow themselves to be cowed by charges of racism and other sins. I sympathize. The atmosphere of intimidation in elite higher education is intense. But I don’t want to hire a person well-practiced in remaining silent when it costs something to speak up.”
Reno called the hostile environment that many conservatives in major universities similar to that of Jews living in Muslim societies or the “mentality of those who have internalized their second-class status,” all of which is done in the name of tolerance
The publisher said that he believes Ivy League-type schools have been “socialized to panic over pseudo crisis,” and for his part, he opts for students from smaller less aggressively “woke” schools, which demonstrates again, that real life has a lot more to do with how you act treat people than how you feel you should be treated.