An Ivy League education once upon a time almost all but guaranteed a lucrative job after graduation; that may no longer be the case. Company owners and hiring managers are disillusioned with the “woke” and “entitled” individuals the so-called elite academic institutions are churning out.
R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal published earlier this week explaining why he has largely stopped hiring graduates from Ivy League schools altogether. “A decade ago I relished the opportunity to employ talented graduates of Princeton, Yale, Harvard and the rest. Today? Not so much” Reno began.
He wrote about specific incidents and concerns over “antiblackness” and the “erasure of marginalized voices” which accomplished very little in an all-college zoom meeting besides outing the “thin-skinned narcissism and naked aggression” of many of the students. In essence, the qualities displayed do not make effective employees.
Reno writes not all students are wave-making activists, but there is something to be said for those who remain silent in their presence as well:
If students can be traumatized by “insensitivity” on that leafy campus, then they’re unlikely to function as effective team members in an organization that has to deal with everyday realities. And in any event, I don’t want to hire someone who makes inflammatory accusations at the drop of a hat.
Student activists don’t represent the majority of students. But I find myself wondering about the silent acquiescence of most students. They allow themselves to be cowed by charges of racism and other sins. I sympathize. The atmosphere of intimidation in elite higher education is intense. But I don’t want to hire a person well-practiced in remaining silent when it costs something to speak up.
There is yet another group of students who do counter the environment of the Ivy League environments, but they too have issues:
Some resist. They would seem ideal for my organization, which aims to speak for religious and social conservatives. But even this kind of graduate brings liabilities to the workplace. I’ve met recent Ivy grads with conservative convictions who manifest a form of posttraumatic stress disorder. Others have developed a habit of aggressive counterpunching that is no more appealing in a young employee than the ruthless accusations of the woke.
The Blaze reports Reno now says he seeks graduates from smaller, lesser-known – though more dependable – private institutions or from large state universities or their satellite schools.
Florida’s Board of Education Votes to Officially Ban Critical Race Theory from State Classrooms
A ban on teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the state of Florida has been approved by the Florida Board of Education (BOE) Thursday. The legislation was initiated by the state’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, which specified American history in public schools is to be based on “universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence.”
The proposed rule stated teachers were to be barred from attempting “…to indoctrinate or persuade students to a particular point of view” but did not mention CRT specifically, reports Just the News. However, during the hearing at Florida State College’s downtown Jacksonville campus, the BOE voted to adopt an amended rule which added the specific ban of “critical race theory.”
The amendment sponsored by board member Tom Grady in a split voice vote of the seven-member BOE prohibits “fiction or theory masquerading as facts, such as critical race theory.” The amended rule was subsequently adopted unanimously.
The Florida Education Association (FEA), the state’s largest teachers union, was among critics arguing that the word “indoctrinate” in the rule can be interpreted by partisan ideologues any way they want and called on the BOE to expand the definition of “significant historical events” beyond the lone cited example, the Holocaust.
“Let’s be clear, the word ‘indoctrination’ is a political term used for political purposes,” FEA President Andrew Spar told the board. “And that’s what this rule is all about.”
The word “indoctrinate” was not removed but Grady’s amendment adds language specifically addressing teaching the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Civil Rights movement and other “hard truths” of history.
Spar argued the rule is unnecessary because CRT is not taught in Florida schools but DeSantis refuted that claim in a Thursday news release citing three alleged instances of “attempts to teach CRT” in Palm Beach and Sarasota counties and at Jacksonville’s Douglas Anderson School of the Arts where two school cultural meetings separating students based on race were canceled amid backlash.
Before the vote took place, Governor DeSantis tweeted “Critical Race Theory teaches kids to hate our country and to hate each other. It is state-sanctioned racism and has no place in Florida schools. The woke class wants to teach kids to hate each other, rather than teaching them how to read, but we will not let them bring nonsense ideology into Florida’s schools” he continued. “I find it unthinkable that there are other people in positions of leadership in the federal government who believe that we should teach kids to hate our country.”
After NY Passes Recreational Marijuana, Colleges Increasing ‘Higher’ Education Courses
Higher education is taking the term quite literally. Since the passage of recreational use of marijuana in New York, its colleges and universities are taking the opportunity to add “new courses about cannabis to the syllabus to prepare students for jobs in the budding industry” reports the New York Post.
The courses are “not just offering tokin’ lessons on the history of week, either.” The New York Post reports, “Online Excelsior College is marketing new master’s degree courses in marijuana leading to a graduate certificate in ‘Cannabis Control,’ as well as expanding undergraduate classes.”
Dean of Excelsior’s graduate program Scott Dolan says students will learn about the complexities that the marijuana industry will have to operate in, including complying with numerous government regulations. Dolan also suggests accountants, lawyers, health professionals and people in the insurance industry would benefit from taking the course which will cover “social equity, environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and public finance.”
The New York Post writes:
Weed is also turning into fertile ground for New York’s public university systems, whose colleges offer degrees in agriculture and law, biology, medicine and business.
Currently, 10 different SUNY campuses offer courses tied to the marijuana and hemp industries. The number of cannabis courses, certificate and training programs and degrees offered to students will “absolutely” increase to match students with new jobs in the emerging marijuana industry, said SUNY Chancellor James Malatras.
“Our mission is to provide access to students to meet workforce demands,” Malatras said in a Sunday interview. “This is not a simple matter. This a seismic shift in the law,” added Malatras.