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Jewish High Schoolers Turning Away From the Ivy League Over Anti-Semitism

Jewish High Schoolers Turning Away From the Ivy League Over Anti-Semitism

“Seeing all those attacks, all this hate on these campuses, I’m not sure if I even want to go”

Who can blame them? The landscape of higher education is changing over this.

From National Review:

Jewish High Schoolers Abandon Ivy League Aspirations in Response to Campus Antisemitism

Even if he were offered a full-ride scholarship to an elite university, Anton Frenk “would turn it down in a heartbeat.” The high-school senior from New York City would “have loved to go to Harvard, Yale, or any Ivy League School,” just a few weeks ago but that all changed after the Hamas attack of October 7.

“Seeing what’s happening on those campuses, I don’t feel that it would be worth it to have to fear for my life every single day just to get a quality education that I could find in an environment without that sort of cutthroat antisemitism,” the teenager, sporting black nail polish, a gaming headset, and flowing black hair, told National Review.

Frenk’s parents fled the former Soviet Union looking for a better future for their son. Although not raised strictly observant, like many American Jews, he goes to synagogue on high holidays, had a Bar Mitzvah, and wears a Star of David necklace. “I’ve had to hide it recently when I’ve been going into the city for various because I almost got attacked.”

After seeing college campuses devolve into open displays of support for terrorism and Jewish students sheltering in libraries from mobs, Frenk considered forsaking the university experience altogether. “Seeing all those attacks, all this hate on these campuses, I’m not sure if I even want to go,” he reflected. In the end, the aspiring engineering student applied to several schools but didn’t even bother applying to the Ivy League because “I don’t really want to get accepted and then have to transfer out of fear for my life because of antisemitism.”


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Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | December 3, 2023 at 7:49 pm

Good for them! Those evil bastards!

Rupert Smedley Hepplewhite | December 3, 2023 at 7:51 pm

Should read “starve” those evil bastards.

Steven Brizel | December 3, 2023 at 8:47 pm

This is part of the community wide reevaluation of individual and communal priorities and views that has happened since 10/7

Given how big the Jewish presence used to be at these schools, this is just another indication of the marginalization of American Jewry.

Our Golden Age is officially over. Even our long-term physical survival is seriously in doubt.

    More optimistically, you could take it as a sign of the marginalization of the Ivy league. First it was the Asians. Now the Jews. Pretty soon, there will be no smart people going to those schools. They will wither away.

If you learn the national language, the cost of a college education overseas is incredibly low. Countries vary, do a little internet browsing.

Many young people move overseas and work or volunteer whilst taking language classes a few days per week.

Aside from having yourself a much more interesting experience between ages 17 and 23 you’ll have many more career options when you’re done.

No American College Wants You To Look Outside The USA, and No American Guidance Counselor Even Brings Up Such Things!!! What’s that tell you , smart guys/gals?!

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People: It’s the 21st century. It’s not the 1980s any more. Stop being stupid. Seriously.

    PostLiberal in reply to Baxter. | December 4, 2023 at 3:14 pm

    A high school classmate of mine, with good Board scores but not-so-good grades, went to McGill University in Montreal. Some years after graduating from McGill and returning to the States, he became a veterinarian. Going foreign for university didn’t work out that badly for him.