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Why this employer no longer hires ‘woke’ Ivy League grads


Alexander Hall, Princeton University Credit: Carol M Highsmith/iwkipedia/Public Domain

In an article for the Wall Street Journal, RR Reno writes that he now avoids hiring anyone who attended an Ivy League school. This includes grads from Yale University, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Princeton University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Cornell University.

Reno, who is editor of First Things, a religious public policy magazine, then explained why by stating the graduates of these schools are too ‘woke’ and too ‘self-important’ to be a reliable employee in a real life work situation.

He adds that even those who have not embraced the woke ideology now flooding these universities have been damaged by the process.

The Blaze writes:

Writing for the Wall Street Journal on Monday, R.R. Reno, editor of First Things, a well-known religious public policy magazine, explained he has largely stopped hiring graduates from Ivy League schools because they’re either too “woke,” too “self-important,” or have been trained to stay silent when it matters.

He recalled that concerns over “antiblackness” and the “erasure of marginalized voices” culminated in an all-college Zoom meeting that accomplished little besides outing the “thin-skinned narcissism and naked aggression” of many of the students — qualities that do not make for effective employees. On the flip side, he argued, for every outspoken student activist, there are many more who refuse to speak up when it counts:

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.

READ: Employer says he has stopped hiring Ivy League grads: They’re too ‘woke,’ too ‘self-important,’ or have been trained to stay silent when it matters AND Why I Stopped Hiring Ivy League Graduates: Even those who aren’t woke seem damaged by the experience, and they’re deprived of role models.

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