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    An Attack on Elite Educational Institutions

    Two zombies are eating a comedian.  First zombie says to the second one:  “do you taste something funny?”


    The definitions of zombie include:

    1.     A corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African and Caribbean religions.

    2.     A person who is or appears lifeless, apathetic or completely unresponsive to the surroundings.

    3.     A computer controlled by another person without the owner’s knowledge and used for sending spam or other illegal or illicit activities.

    4.     A tall mixed drink consisting of several kinds of rum, liquer and fruit juice.

    Of these, the last one most appeals to me.  But it is definition number two, I fear, that is contemplated by author William Deresiewicz in a recent article sent to me by my friend and loyal Ophthalmology Times reader Dan.  Entitled “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League: The Nation’s Top Colleges Are Turning Our Kids Into Zombies”, the article1 (you guessed it) excoriates the admissions criteria and educational experience of our most prestigious centers of higher learning.  The author, a former professor at Yale University, asserts that wealthier parents—by providing their children with more opportunities for activities and better schooling and tutoring—maximize their children’s chances of acceptance. 

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    These children of privilege, we are told, are “content to color within the lines that their education had marked out for them.  Few were passionate about ideas. Beneath a faced of seamless, well adjustment, . . . are toxic levels of fear, anxiety, and depression, of emptiness and aimlessness and isolation. The prospect of not being successful terrifies them.”

    Peter J. McDonnell, MD
    He is director of The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and chief medical editor of ...

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