Magazine editor says he won’t hire more Ivy League graduates

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Christian magazine editor says he won’t hire more Ivy League graduates because they’re either awake and self-important or too afraid to stand up to cancel culture

  • RR Reno is the editor of First Things, a monthly religious magazine with a circulation of 30,000
  • He wrote in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal that he would stop hiring Ivy Leagues
  • He says he would rather take from schools like Rutgers or Catholic schools, where children are ‘equally talented but less important to themselves’
  • Reno said awakened protesting kids aren’t the only problem — those who are conservative but feel silenced are too
  • He says he doesn’t want to hire people who censor themselves for being future followers, not leaders

RR Reno is the editor of First Things, a monthly religious magazine with a circulation of 30,000.

RR Reno is the editor of First Things, a monthly religious magazine with a circulation of 30,000.

A Christian magazine editor has revealed that he will no longer hire Ivy League college graduates because they are too awake, self-important, or afraid to speak out against the cancellation culture, even if they don’t believe in it.

RR Reno is the editor of First Things, a monthly religious magazine with a circulation of 30,000.

In an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal on Monday, he said he always jumped at the opportunity to rent from Ivy Leagues, but is now turning down applicants.

He said from experience that kids from colleges like Rutgers in New Jersey are “as talented, but less important to themselves than Ivy Leaguers” and “more likely to accept the authority of those with more experience.”

“I’m not inclined to hire a graduate from one of America’s elite universities.

“That marks a change. Ten years ago, I enjoyed the opportunity to hire talented graduates from Princeton, Yale, Harvard, and the rest. Today? Not so much,” Reno wrote.

He cited a recent example at Haverford, the college he attended, where outraged students protested what they called anti-blackness at a Zoom rally where he said they showed “thin narcissism and naked aggression.”

Reno said kids like Haverford and Harvard are

Reno said kids like Haverford and Harvard are “thin-skinned” and “narcissistic,” which aren’t qualities he wants in the workforce

Yale students protest climate change during halftime at the 2019 Yale Bowl.  They ran onto the football field during halftime

Yale students protest climate change during halftime at the 2019 Yale Bowl. They ran onto the football field during halftime

‘If students on that leafy campus can be traumatized by ‘insensitivity’, then they probably won’t function as effective team members in an organization that has to deal with everyday reality. And in any case, I don’t want to hire someone who makes incendiary accusations on a whim.

First Things is a monthly religious magazine with a circulation of 30,000

First Things is a monthly religious magazine with a circulation of 30,000

‘Student activists do not represent the majority of students.

‘But I wonder about the quiet resignation of most students. They are intimidated by accusations 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 who is well trained in silence when it costs something to say something,” he said.

First Things has offices in Manhattan and currently employs nine editors. It is unclear how many writers the magazine has.

Reno said that while not everyone at Ivy League colleges is too awake, a bigger problem is that those who aren’t are silent for fear of retaliation, rather than speaking out against things they disagree with.

“A few years ago, a student at an Ivy League school told me, ‘The first thing you learn in your freshman year is never to say what you think.’

“The institution he attended claims to train the future leaders of the world. The opposite of what that young man reports is true. The school trains future self-censors, meaning future followers,” he wrote.

He was praised online for his honest words. Some said they’d heard similar things from CEOs privately, but were never talked about.

Now Reno says he only hires people from religious colleges and major state universities. schools.

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