Magazine editor backs off hiring Ivy League school graduates, says they have ‘kind of a distorted view of reality’
Thu, June 10, 2021, 1:29 PM·2 min read
A magazine editor said the appeal of hiring students from Ivy League schools is all but gone to him as he has seen a growing “sense of entitlement” in their graduates.
“I would just say that 10 years ago, I would have seen that as a big positive on their resume, and now I see it as a negative that they have to overcome in the interview because obviously, there is going to be great kids all over in higher [education] at different schools,” Rusty Reno, the editor of First Things magazine, told Fox & Friends on Wednesday.
Reno also said Ivy League graduates “have been damaged,” have “kind of a distorted view of reality," and are too busy “worrying about pronouns.”
"How can you get work done if everybody is tiptoeing around the office worrying about triggering someone?” he said. “And so, I think that that’s a big change, I think in the last decade, for me to sort of look at meet and interview students and go, wow, they have been damaged.”
“I think, in the circles I run in, this is a conversation that we have had. There is a kind of weird combination of arrogance and conformism in these kids, and the conformism, that’s new. They acquiesce to the ‘woke culture,’ and it’s what I call a spirit of surrender to the ‘wokeness,’” he added.
The interview came after Reno published an op-ed titled “Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates.”
In the piece, the editor applauded the “smart, talented and ambitious” who are attracted to Ivy League schools but said they become “dysfunctional” and are “encouraged to nurture grievances.”
He also said they were “deprived of good role models.”
Reno wrote, “In recent years, I’ve taken stock of my assumptions about who makes for the best entry-level employee. I have no doubt that Ivy League universities attract smart, talented and ambitious kids. But do these institutions add value?”