There was a time, in my lifetime, that a Harvard degree carried a certain panache; there was at least a veneer of “class”, of excellence (if snobbery) to it.
No longer. A Harvard “education” is now known to be little more than a very, very expensive indoctrination in leftist theory, demagoguery, and outright idiocy.
As an employer, a Harvard degree would be viewed by many now as a detriment vs. a gold star next to a candidate’s name. Personally, I wouldn’t give a hoot in Hell for a Harvard grad. It would prove one thing, and one thing only to me: this idiot either had money, or worse, went deep into debt to be brainwashed.
I know what you mean. When I was younger, I had the idea that the Ivy League universities were the epitome of excellence and that simply getting into such a school marked a student as someone to watch and admire. No longer.
A few years back, when I was the manager of a small English school in Tokyo, I had the opportunity to interview a number of grads from big name schools and was decidedly unimpressed. In one case, I interviewed a female applicant with a Masters from University of Pennsylvania (I think Political Science) who looked especially good on paper.
The interview lasted five minutes. She was obese, wearing a halter top, had a belly pierce — and a red star tattooed on her forearm. She also stank.
“Enter to grow in wisdom. Depart to serve better thy country and thy kind.’
Not all who attend are brainwashed. As with any University there are conservatives on campus. There used to (and may still) be a conservative paper (’the salient’) and a pro life group at the law school among other ordinary part of the woodwork conservatives.