A magazine editor spoke with “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday explaining why he’s reconsidering the value of hiring Ivy League graduates.
First Things magazine editor Rusty Reno said that just a decade ago, he “would have seen [Ivy League graduation] as a big positive” on an applicant’s resume, but these days he sees the same credentials in new light, “a negative. . . they have to overcome.” Reno added that these days there’s many “great kids” from schools other than the elite.
He says that the greatest problem with Ivy League graduates is their tendency to have a “sense of entitlement” and a general “arrogance” that has to be corrected for.
Reno says that there’s upsides to it as well, offering for example that a new Ivy League hire might expect to “write the lead editorial” on their first day rather than start with the normal lower level process of proofreading, but he says “you can work with that” as such students tend to have “confidence and ambition” which are “good things” in his mind.
He says that recently, however, the “worldviews” of graduates from elite colleges have changed to the point that they have, “to be frank. . . a distorted view of reality.”
Reno wrote an op-ed piece with the title “Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates,” explaining the damage he’s witnessed in students from prestigious institutions such as Harvard and Princeton. These students come out of school as very unappealing co-workers.
Reno says in his article that he believes Ivy League colleges “attract smart, talented and ambitious kids,” but asks an important question; “do these institutions add any value?”
He says that his answer to that question is “increasingly negative” as he sees “dysfunctional kids” being “coddled” and “encouraged to nurture grievances.” He further explains that teachers at top universities are no longer composed of “courageous adults” that make for “good role models.” In their absence, he believes that students are not as likely “to become good leaders themselves.”
Reno says that his favorite colleges to find talent from are institutions such as Hillsdale College and “large state universities” in addition to some “quirky small Catholic colleges.”
“Worrying about pronouns” is something which he cites as an example of a worldview change that affects many college graduates. Saying that it’s hard to get work done effectively with everyone constantly concerning themselves with whether they will trigger someone.
He says that as he’s met and interviewed students over the years he’s come to realize “wow, they have been damaged.” He says that modern graduates possess a “weird combination of arrogance and conformism,” calling the conformism the latest development. “They acquiesce to. . .’woke culture.'”
Author: Darrin Collins