Most CEOs In This Country Didn’t Go To Harvard

Kitty Boone Of Aspen Institute:
‘Most CEOs In This Country Didn’t Go To Harvard’

CEOs Without College Degrees: Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Barry Diller, David Oreck, Alfred Taubman, John Paul DeJoria, Maverick Carter, Phillip Ruffin

By Eleanor Goldberg

Believe it or not, going to Harvard may not guarantee a lifetime of success.

Kitty Boone — Vice President of public programs at the Aspen Institute defined what she believes to truly constitute success. An Ivy League education wasn’t at the top of her list.

“There are certain segments of our society that are so pushing our kids to be and to be and to be and you’ve got to get into this school,” Boone said.  “Yes, you want them educated. But if you really look at it…most CEOs in this country didn’t go to Harvard.”

The education advocate, who “fears” that kids these days aren’t reading the quality material she grew up with, said that while many students may be hyper-competitive and determined to get ahead, they may not necessarily be conquering the basics in the classroom, no matter how prestigious the university’s rank.

“Do well-educated kids really understand what history is?” Boone noted as an example. “Supreme Court justices talk about the fact that they’re worried youth don’t understand civics. How can we have a flourishing democracy if people don’t really understand what it’s about?”

On the flip side, Boone also lamented the fact that so many American students graduate from high school without basic reading and mathematics skills, a trend she called a “national disgrace.”

While Boone believes that having a healthy drive to do well is important, she said that it’s also critical to find time to relax, accept that failure is a part of life and to affirm a sense of personal and civic pride.

Kitty Boone Of Aspen Institute (VIDEO)



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