There’s an editorial in today’s “Los Angeles Times” entitled “Who gets into college?” that we wanted to share with our readers. If we didn’t know any better, we’d have guessed that we wrote this editorial. After all, we do write a whole lot about highly selective college admissions and the piece sounds like it’s written in our voice. But it turns out that The Times Editorial Board wrote the article on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Turning the Tide” report. If you’re not familiar with our well publicized opinion of this report, check out Bev’s piece for “The Huffington Post” as it lays out our criticisms of the well-intentioned report quite nicely. And it even includes a “Full House” reference. Because who doesn’t reference “Full House.”
As The Times Editorial Board writes, “Yes, of course colleges should downgrade meaningless resume-polishing that clearly can be done only by the affluent. Richard Weissbourd, lead author of the Harvard report, said he knows of wealthy parents who shelled out money to start a nonprofit school in Botswana just so that their daughter could claim on her college application that she had created it. But it’s another matter for colleges to attempt social engineering through the admissions process. Do we really want admissions officers making glib moral judgments about which types of community service are inherently more worthy than others? Or decreeing that a student who tries several different kinds of volunteer work — or spends extra hours on chemistry experiments or writes short stories instead of feeding the hungry or craves the challenge of multiple Advanced Placement exams — is less deserving of a college education than one who works for several years on a local cause?”
“The LA Times” got it right in today’s editorial on the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s “Turning the Tide” report.
We couldn’t agree more with these words. And we couldn’t agree more with just about every word in this “Los Angeles Times” editorial on ‘who gets into college.’ It’s as though a member of The Times Editorial Board reads our writing. Oh wait. They likely do…and so do admissions officers at highly selective colleges across America. We’re proud to use our voice, our platform in college admissions to scrutinize policy changes, to question if proposed changes intended to make colleges more accessible to students of all backgrounds really are in the best interest of college applicants.
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