America's bizarre, backwards worship of the Ivy League

Examining our culture's insufferable fixation with a very small crew of insanely privileged teenagers and twenty-somethings

Society holds Ivy League students to a higher standard.
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Here we are, once again wringing our hands over the state of intellectual life in the Ivy League.

The latest blow-up concerns Yale, where a campus-wide email last month encouraged students to avoid racially offensive Halloween costumes, a follow-up email from a lecturer questioned whether colleges were now "places of censure and prohibition," student protests broke out, and a highly charged video of one confrontation went viral.

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