We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I can also attest to the fact that an Ivy League education isn’t all that it is cracked up to be. Whatever small accomplishments I have in life are not easily traceable to my academic achievements (even though I was considerably closer to Clinton than Gore in class ranking). Arguably, the most successful president of the post-war period, Ronald Reagan, attended the ultra-obscure Eureka College. I don’t know what his grades were and I don’t much care. All I know is he got Gorbachev to “tear down that wall.” (Not exactly, but you know what I mean.)
Turning to Perry, he was a mediocre student at Texas A & M, a school that emphasizes a more practical form of education than Yale. What does this mean? Don’t know, but these days going to an Ivy no longer appears to be the royal road to career success it once was. This study of Top 10 Job Placement Colleges only shows one Ivy, Cornell, in the tenth position. Number one, not surprisingly, is The University of Texas at Austin.
Perhaps more importantly… and amusingly… this study from the Wall Street Journal shows Perry’s Texas A & M the number two choice of corporate job recruiters with nary an Ivy in sight until Cornell (again) at fourteen. Harvard, Princeton and Yale did not make the top twenty-five.
Every Supreme Court justice is a graduate of Harvard or Yale. Every one of them. This cycle must be broken, for the good of the country. A Texas A&M justice would be a welcome relief from the current anti-Constitution group-think.
Also, 0bama's high school grades were totally lousy. How do I know this? Because if they were good, even as good as Clinton's or Gore's [which weren't very good], they would have been disclosed. And if 0bama had been a very good student, the media would be trumpeting his scholastic achievements 24/7/365.
Instead, 0bama keeps a high powered law firm on retainer, to send threatening letters to anyone sniffing around 0bama's transcripts. How did that lazy jamoke ever get into Harvard, anyway?? Steve Urkel would be a more likely candidate.
Yeah, there is no evidence of O's academic excellence which causes suspicions that there ain't any. Who paid for his education? A conspiracy theorist would have a field day - and many have and as we all know (just as it is with paranoids) just because a conspiracy theorist says it doesn't mean it ain't so.
Just sayin' but it's worth considering that Big Schools will show up more prominently in a ranking like this. Ivy Leagues are typically rather small so if you are a looking at overall numbers about where corporates recruit, things could certainly be skewed and it could be a waste of their money to look at too many smaller schools, even Ivies, in tight times. Would like to see rankings based on salary ranges linked to recruiting which might give more of an idea what corporates pay up (or not) for that Ivy covered diploma. Or maybe they just all go to Goldman Sachs. and look where that got us...but that's another conversation.
I first started noticing something unfunny about Harvard way back when Harvard sent a team of biologists into Hmong territory to tell the world that the Yellow Rain was only bee pollen, and the Anton-76 cargo planes that the Hmong saw just before their lungs started collapsing were just hallucinations and/or American propaganda.
And, really, every report of some new character destroying the utility or integrity of our political, academic, cultural or industrial systems and institutions, seems to have about a 95% probability of having "Harvard" somewhere near his or her name.
This may have something to do with ivy league decline in those headhunter rankings.