The Ivy League is not the problem

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In a piece in the New Republic, William Deresiewicz argues that Ivy League schools “are turning our kids into zombies.” Elite universities, explains the former Yale professor and author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to Meaningful Life, churn out “young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose.”

In their current form, he goes on to say, the Ivies take in adrift high achievers, charge them around a quarter of a million dollars each, and ensure that they leave their vine-covered campuses newly soulless and on the path towards a career in investment banking or management consulting.

In the process, students either forget or are trained to shun the true purpose of higher education: “to learn to think.”

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