Phi Beta Cons

Tarnished Golden

Anthony Dick has a compelling review of the new Daniel Golden book on college admissions, here. A key graf, on how Golden inflates the importance of elite credentials:

Golden himself is a Harvard graduate, and so it is understandable that his view of things might be skewed to overestimate the importance of such a credential. He has had a very successful career in journalism, and no doubt his Harvard degree has helped him along the way. Still, there is a measure of condescension in his project: It focuses on elite colleges as if they were the main components of personal success — as if Golden couldn’t imagine suffering through life without his gilded diploma. Objectively speaking, however, the name on a person’s diploma is hardly determinative of his or her life prospects.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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