Don’t send your kids to Ivy League colleges, writes William Deresiewicz in New Republic. After teaching at Yale for 10 years, he thinks elite colleges are filled with talented, driven, anxious conformists with “little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose.”
So extreme are the admission standards now that kids who manage to get into elite colleges have, by definition, never experienced anything but success. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them, disorients them.
Bright students would learn more — and meet a more diverse bunch of people — at their flagship state university, he argues.
David Brooks made a similar argument in 2001 in The Organization Kid.
Deresiewicz has a book coming out next month, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and The Way to a Meaningful Life.
Daniel Drezner, also a professor, responds: Entitled little shits are a minority at elite colleges.