Yale Law professor Amy Chau aka Tiger Mom has been vilified for allegedly advising female students applying for clerkship with Kavanaugh to look like models. Her brand, once golden, may never recover.
The alleged excessive drinking at Yale College raises questions about the values of all elite institutions of higher learning, not just those at Yale.
And, Kavanaugh is, of course, a product of both Yale undergraduate and law school education.
Is that what we want our young people to evolve into? In the hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the guy seemed lacking in emotional maturity. Maybe his Yale pedigree gave him permission or he assumed it gave him permission not to have to "grow up."
Ranging from Tiger Mom to The Crier, these leaders in our society are symbols of extreme success. That's what the highly anxious youth in America, from the get-go, are told to chase.
That's relatively new. We Baby Boomers, the first generation in America to attend college en masse, were told to do our best. That was viewed to be enough. And, those in loop praised us for doing that best.
If that best produced unusual success we were congratulated, but not fawned over. Life was more real then. Society recognized that being a federal judge or in the C-Suite of the Fortune10 didn't make our journey all sweetness and life. Hahaha, people did actually care about us then. We weren't just valued for what we could add to a professional network.
How can we communicate the message that all that is necessary is for every human being to do his or her best? No, they don't have to, as Kavanaugh hammered, "bust their butt" for top grades.
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