A friend of mine who might or might have been reading college program application essays felt a need to vent, particularly in the wake of Marshall’s essay yesterday. Call this “the other side.”
Now keep in mind he works for a prestigious humanities program, which means he attracts a certain type of person, but all the same the essays are worrying him. He says the problem is how “nice” these kids have been taught to be. And how the “worrisome thing is when they try to be tolerant.”
I.e. the essay that worried him the most was the one that said we shouldn’t all pile on on people who give offense or hurt others. It’s when they persist in using hurtful terms or saying things that they know will hurt people that they need to be — kindly — reeducated.
Talking to him, I felt these were the GOOD kids. …
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