How Elite Are America’s Elite Universities? Most Americans Say, “Not Very”

We’ve heard a lot about “anti-elitism,” but if the “elite” could better be described as “well connected,” rather than “better qualified,” why should anyone be impressed with the “elite?” They shouldn’t — which brings us to graduates of America’s “elite” universities:

Ronald Reagan was the last president we had who didn’t graduate from an Ivy League school like Harvard or Yale, and the highest levels of government for much of the nation’s history have been filled with Ivy League grads. But that doesn’t seem to influence the thinking of most American Adults.

In fact, only three percent (3%) say individuals who go to Ivy League schools are better workers than those who go to other schools. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 79% do not think Ivy League students make better workers. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided.

This has certainly been my experience. As far as I can tell, in the writers I’ve worked with, there’s absolutely nothing that sets apart graduates of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, etc., from other comparably intelligent and talented people who went to less prestigious universities.

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So again, if no one thinks the “elite” are actually elite, then “anti-elitism” is perfectly sensible.

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