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The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff

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  • Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country.

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Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh

 

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/beachweek-1538140550.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*I think the complexity is that beach week was FUN—it was a week-long sleepover with my best friends, situated on a mile-long boardwalk, chaperoned by some very lax parents who happened to be my own. The destructive aspects of the week—getting recklessly drunk, taunting cops, and waking up to vaguely remembered hookups—weren’t something I’d learned to identify yet as part of a malignant and entitled culture. It was in the air we breathed. —Riley, Georgetown Day School, 2008

Joanna Rothkopf and Leah Chernikoff, Esquire

Sep 28, 2018 | The most prominent entry in Brett Kavanaugh’s now overly-dissected, perfectly preserved 1982 “calendar-diary” from his senior year at Georgetown Prep is boy-scrawled over June 6th to June 11th: B E A C H W E E K.

The event is marked in all caps and traced over multiple times for emphasis. It’s clear that this is an important week for young Kavanaugh. So important that he immortalized it in his yearbook as well, with the entry “Beach Week Ralph Club” (the entry “Rehoboth Police Fan Club” is Beach Week related, too). Anyone who grew up in the DC area, particularly those who grew up in its white privileged enclaves, knows why Beach Week took on such significance for Kavanaugh: the high school tradition was and continues to be (at least since we last checked) a booze- and drug-fueled free-for-all where prep school almost-grads go to black out for one full week, frequently leaving a path of destruction in their wakes.

Joanna Rothkopf is deputy editor at Esquire.com. Previously, she wassenior editor at Jezebel. 

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Leah Chernikoff oversees all things digital at ELLE. She came to ELLE from Fashionista.com, where she was the editorial director. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. A Washington, D.C. native, Leah graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English Literature.

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Part 2:  From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


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These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Dec 08, 2008 | The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Princeton and New Haven to the financial and political centers of power.

The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service — economic, political and social — come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the “specialist” and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and finally experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system — people like Ralph Nader — are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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The Best and the Brightest and Their Debauched Private School Culture Have Led America Off a Cliff

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  • Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh
  • Beach Week was in the air we breathed.
  • Part 2: From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
  • These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:  Tales of DC's Beach Week and the Debauched Private School Culture That Created Brett Kavanaugh

 

https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/beachweek-1538140550.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center,top&resize=768:*I think the complexity is that beach week was FUN—it was a week-long sleepover with my best friends, situated on a mile-long boardwalk, chaperoned by some very lax parents who happened to be my own. The destructive aspects of the week—getting recklessly drunk, taunting cops, and waking up to vaguely remembered hookups—weren’t something I’d learned to identify yet as part of a malignant and entitled culture. It was in the air we breathed. —Riley, Georgetown Day School, 2008

Joanna Rothkopf and Leah Chernikoff, Esquire

Sep 28, 2018 | The most prominent entry in Brett Kavanaugh’s now overly-dissected, perfectly preserved 1982 “calendar-diary” from his senior year at Georgetown Prep is boy-scrawled over June 6th to June 11th: B E A C H W E E K.

The event is marked in all caps and traced over multiple times for emphasis. It’s clear that this is an important week for young Kavanaugh. So important that he immortalized it in his yearbook as well, with the entry “Beach Week Ralph Club” (the entry “Rehoboth Police Fan Club” is Beach Week related, too). Anyone who grew up in the DC area, particularly those who grew up in its white privileged enclaves, knows why Beach Week took on such significance for Kavanaugh: the high school tradition was and continues to be (at least since we last checked) a booze- and drug-fueled free-for-all where prep school almost-grads go to black out for one full week, frequently leaving a path of destruction in their wakes.

Joanna Rothkopf is deputy editor at Esquire.com. Previously, she wassenior editor at Jezebel. 

and

Leah Chernikoff oversees all things digital at ELLE. She came to ELLE from Fashionista.com, where she was the editorial director. Before that, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News. A Washington, D.C. native, Leah graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in English Literature.

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Part 2:  From the Archives | The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff


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These elites, and the corporate system they serve, have ruined the country. And when it all collapses, when our rotten financial system with its trillions in worthless assets implodes and our imperial wars end in humiliation and defeat, they will be exposed as being as helpless, and as stupid, as the rest of us.

Chris Hedges, Truthdig

Dec 08, 2008 | The multiple failures that beset the country, from our mismanaged economy to our shredded constitutional rights to our lack of universal health care to our imperial debacles in the Middle East, can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead, through the filter of standardized tests, enrichment activities, advanced placement classes, high-priced tutors, swanky private schools and blind deference to all authority, on creating hordes of competent systems managers. The collapse of the country runs in a direct line from the manicured quadrangles and halls in places like Cambridge, Princeton and New Haven to the financial and political centers of power.

The nation’s elite universities disdain honest intellectual inquiry, which is by its nature distrustful of authority, fiercely independent and often subversive. They organize learning around minutely specialized disciplines, narrow answers and rigid structures that are designed to produce certain answers. The established corporate hierarchies these institutions service — economic, political and social — come with clear parameters, such as the primacy of an unfettered free market, and with a highly specialized vocabulary. This vocabulary, a sign of the “specialist” and of course the elitist, thwarts universal understanding. It keeps the uninitiated from asking unpleasant questions. It destroys the search for the common good. It dices disciplines, faculty, students and finally experts into tiny, specialized fragments. It allows students and faculty to retreat into these self-imposed fiefdoms and neglect the most pressing moral, political and cultural questions. Those who defy the system — people like Ralph Nader — are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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Outraged By Kids In Cages? Look At Our Entire Juvenile Justice System.

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  • How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way
  • Related: America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools

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https://global.oup.com/academic/covers/pdp/9780190605551 6/24/2018 | Last week, the nation witnessed an abrupt reversal from the White House. After claiming for days that he did not have the authority to address the family separation crisis at the border, President Donald Trump appeared to do just that with the stroke of a pen.

Trump has purportedly put an end to the family separation policy, but he has also created a host of new issues to resolve. How and when will nearly 2,500 migrant children be reunited with their parents? How and where will families be detained together going forward? Even as these legal questions are being resolved, there is a persistent sense of outrage among most Americans.

Cara H. Drinan, Guest Writer, HuffPost, is a Law Professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and author of The War on Kids: How American Juvenile Justice Lost Its Way.

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America's Mass Incarceration Crisis Begins in Its Schools, Naveen Kumar, Vice

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  • We spoke with Anna Deavere Smith about Parkland, the school-to-prison pipeline, and her new HBO film, 'Notes from the Field.'
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Here’s how higher education was destroyed in 5 basic steps.

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  • So: here is the recipe for killing universities, and you tell me if what I’m describing isn’t exactly what is at the root of all the problems of our country’s system of higher education. (Because what I’m saying has more recently been applied to K-12 public education as well.)
  • Related: What's Wrong With the American University System
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“In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’ I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education. I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before. But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level."

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What's Wrong With the American University System, Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, TheAtlantic.com

http://assets.theatlantic.com/static/mt/assets/culture_test/barkhorn_jul27_highered_post.jpg Andrew Hacker, who is professor emeritus at Queens College in New York, recalls the day a young political scientist walked into his department to interview for a job. Everything about the man's resume made him an ideal candidate. He was finishing his dissertation at a top university. His mentors had written effusive recommendations. But when the young superstar sat down with the department chair, he seemed to have only one goal: to land a tenure-track position that involved as many sabbaticals and as little teaching as possible. He was not invited back for a second interview.

 

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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, TruthDig.com

Those who defy the system—people like Ralph Nader—are branded as irrational and irrelevant. These elite universities have banished self-criticism. They refuse to question a self-justifying system. Organization, technology, self-advancement and information systems are the only things that matter.

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The Only Way To ‘Fix’ Frats Is To End Frats As We Know Them

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Too many fraternities are a virtual pantheon of racism, hazing, homophobia, fatal accidents, truly dangerous levels of drinking, misogyny and violence against women.


Michael Kaufman, HuffPost

03/2018 | Many decades ago, when I was a boy living in Durham, North Carolina, I’d wander across the Duke University quadrangle and look with awe at the fraternity men. I’d watch them convened in front of their Hillsborough bluestone houses, grilling hamburgers or leaping over hedges with insouciant ease to toss a football with a friend. In those days, they were all white, and they all seemed to have blond hair and winning smiles. As far as I was concerned, every last one of them was captain of the football or basketball team, or could be if he wanted. If only I could ever be such a man.

The male half of the Greek system has a long history on many campuses, and a significant mystique. Yes, they’re about housing, bonding and brotherhood. And yes, for some groups, like Jewish or black students, they were a place to belong. But they were also about preserving status: class status, race status, gender status. And, as it turns out, too many fraternities are a virtual pantheon of racism, hazing, homophobia, fatal accidents, truly dangerous levels of drinking, misogyny and violence against women.

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Minneapolis Schools Face $33M Deficit After City, State Spent $500M on NFL Stadium.

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Former Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson, himself a passionate sports fan, has been one of many who have spoken out against the city’s choice to commit so much in financial resources to the stadium.

Nathan Wellman, Grit Post

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http://images.alternet.org/images/managed/storyimages_picture8_1268251845.jpg_310x220March 29, 2018 | Teachers and staff of Minneapolis schools are expecting hundreds of layoffs due to a $33 million deficit only a few years after the city and state completed a taxpayer-funded $1.1 billion football stadium.

Minneapolis Public Schools — the state’s third largest district currently tasked with educating 36,000 young people — is expected to lay off 350-400 full time employees after last fall’s announcement that the education budget’s deficit had doubled for the following school year.

Nathan Wellman is a journalist from Los Angeles who has written for US Uncut and Grit Post.

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Marquette's Pride Prom to go on as planned despite backlash, petition.

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Community members are invited to write a statement about their identity and have their picture taken holding the sign. Several pictures hang outside the Resource Office in the Alumni Memorial Union at Marquette University. (Photo by Caroline White)

"You wear a fancy ball gown. You wear a suit. You get all dressed up. There's going to be music and dancing," Bunczak said. "Prom is something that is so important, and it's really important for some LGBT individuals who couldn't go to prom in their high schools dressed the way that they feel most expresses themselves." --Maria Bunczak, president of Empowerment, an intersectional feminism club which is co-sponsoring Pride Prom.

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Apr 13, 2018 | "Be Proud. Be You. Pride Prom 2018." This is the slogan of the Pride Prom being held April 14 at Marquette University. This event is the first of its kind at Marquette.

The Pride Prom was planned by representatives from the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Marquette student government and the Gender Sexuality Alliance. These plans have persisted despite backlash in the form of an online petition urging the university president, Michael Lovell, to cancel the event.

Caroline White is a freshman at Marquette University studying journalism and environmental studies. She is a news reporter for Marquette's student media news outlet, the Marquette Wire.

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 24, 2018

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March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy * How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws

  • Related: Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018
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March 24, 2018 |

March for Our Lives: Everything you need to know about the #NeverAgain event, Morgan Winsor, ABC News

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  • March 19, 2018 | "Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students," the organizers say in their online mission statement.
  • Related: The Parkland Students' '60 Minutes' Interview Reveals The Powerful Reason They Refuse To Endorse Politicians

Teaching Students How to Dissent Is Part of Democracy, Sarah Stitzlein, The Conversation

Friday, March 16, 2018 | In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over gun practices and policies.



How Political Pessimism Helps Doom Tougher Gun Laws, Alec MacGillis, Pro Publica

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'Throw them out': plans to eject politicians 'beholden to the gun lobby'. the Guardian 
February 17, 2018 | Moms Demand Action and Everytown launch campaign to empower voters following the horrors of Parkland


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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action, Week Ending March 10, 2018

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Special Project | One Big Thing: Students Protest the Gun Culture, Shootings; Demand Action
 


Parkland School Shooting Survivors Announce National ‘March For Our Lives’; Go After Rick Scott, Rubio, Paul Ryan As NRA Enablers.

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