In the recent edition of Chronicle of Higher Learning (Aug. 15, 2008), I came across an article entitled “God and Jerk at Yale,” which I found intriguing. In case people are not familiar with the culture, this is a play off of William F. Buckley’s famous book from 1951, God and Man at Yale.

Anyways, that’s all besides the point of this article, which showcases William Deresiewicz’s article in The American Scholar entitled “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education.” It sees the vanity of an education from a elite education, simply because a graduate would not be able to relate to the plumber, who supposedly will refuse his services. That’s just a rather moot point, and this is the point of Rachel Toor’s article “God and Jerk”:

Just as Deresiewicz never bothered to try to see under the cap of his plumber, neither, it seems to me, did he know his Yalies. At elite colleges, the student parking lots may be filled with precision German automobiles while faculty members drives Hondas. They believe that they are the products of the meritocracy and complain that their students are pampered and coddled, too much alike, and insufficiently intellectual. Class rage rules.

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