“What did your daughter get on your math test?” “Where is she applying to college?” “What did she get on her SATs?” These are the thoughtful, endearing questions that concerned parents ask one another in the parking lot as they wait to pick up their eleventh graders after school. In our community, all the families…Read the full article
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” — Hunter S. Thompson Children should be allowed to play computer games as often as they are allowed to use morphine—when they are in the hospital and in pain. After an appendectomy, both morphine and computer games can…Read the full article
One of my favorite students came to me late in her senior year for some guidance about her admissions essays for college. We had a productive chat. We talked about “show don’t tell” and about “hidden agenda.” I advised her to make her personal statement, well, personal, and to avoid using “plethora,” “esoteric,” and other…Read the full article
A buddy of mine turned 50 and had his first child last year. Like expectant parents of all ages, he was concerned about being a dad. He wanted to get it right, to provide love for his child and to help her grow up healthy and strong, independent and loving, thoughtful and sensitive. He had…Read the full article
No! No! No! Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Unless you’re a second semester junior the time to prepare for the SAT is later–possibly never–depending on a few particulars. Let’s examine the arguments in favor of preparing for the SAT before refuting them one by one. “I have to prepare for the SAT now,” says Katie, a sophomore…Read the full article
Believe it or not, there is no such thing as a good college. There is such a thing as a good match between a student and an institution.