Why I stopped hiring Ivy League graduates

Magazine editor backs off hiring Ivy League school graduates, says they have ‘kind of a distorted view of reality’

Lawrence Richard

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?”

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“My answer is increasingly negative. Dysfunctional kids are coddled and encouraged to nurture grievances, while normal kids are attacked and educationally abused. Listening to Haverford’s all-college Zoom meeting also made it clear that today’s elite students aren’t going to schools led by courageous adults. Deprived of good role models, they’re less likely to mature into good leaders themselves.”

Reno said that Hillsdale College is at the “top of the list” for finding talent. Other “good sources” for talent are “large state universities” and “quirky small Catholic colleges” such as Thomas Aquinas College, Wyoming Catholic College, and the University of Dallas.

There was a piece going around about a year ago that discussed how even having conversations with young graduates from elite universities was challenging, that the recent grads spoke in such a different manner, it was similar to the differences between English in the States and English in England.

The “I won’t hire Ivy League graduates” article is almost a genre itself. You never see the obverse: “why I won’t hire Ohio State” grads.

That would be a short article. “This fucking idiot keeps capitalizing “THE” for no reason. I think he’s retarded.”

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These kids fall in a strange category where they are incredibly booksmart, but have zero common sense.

And the emotional maturity of teenagers

What about access to elites? Migjt come in handy one day

This isnt the issue at all