- “They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are.” --William Deresiewicz
- The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff
- How to Murder the Minds of the Masses
Michael Schulson, Salon
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Tuesday, Sep 2, 2014 | In the spring of 2008, William Deresiewicz taught his last class at Yale. In the summer of 2008, he published an essay explaining how an Ivy League education had messed up his life, and the lives of his students.
Elite schools, Deresiewicz argued, give their students an inflated sense of self-worth. They reward perfectionism and punish rebelliousness. They funnel timid students into a handful of jobs, mostly in consulting and investment banking (and now Teach for America). For a real education, he went on to suggest, you might want to head to one of the wonkier liberal arts colleges, or to a state school.
William Deresiewicz is an American author, essayist, and literary critic. His All Points blog appears each Monday on the American Scholar website.
Michael Schulson is a freelance writer based in Durham, North Carolina. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale.
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The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff, Chris Hedges, Truthdig
Don’t expect them to save us. They don’t know how. 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.
How to Murder the Minds of the Masses, John Taylor Gotto, The Arcane Front
Most of us let our own fears or the impositions of others imprison us in a world of low expectations.