The WSJ article is a derivative of this video filmed in 2009.
American humorist Rob LaZebnik delivers a speech to the Harvard-Radcliffe Class of 1984 at their 25th Reunion Entertainment Evening, June 5, 2009, Sanders Theatre, Harvard.
Here is an example of how ridiculous things have gotten with the pampered and privileged class. NBCnews has a post on a high school with 21 valedictorians.
In fact, at South Medford High, all of those 21 valedictorians can tellcolleges they are No. 1 in their class.
This is where “New School” has crushed “Old School.” And this is where college administrators say they are growing increasingly suspicious about the surge in applicants who boast the laurels of “valedictorian” and “head of class.”
“Yes, it has definitely watered things down a little bit,” said Jim Rawlins, president of the National Association for College Admission Counseling. “Definitely, the more ultra-selective universities have to be more critical and skeptical of class ranks than before.