College Admission and Toxic Questions

Mary Dell writes: Once our children become teenagers, there is one big question that looms large over their four years of high school – where will they gain college admission. Lisa and I both have 11th graders who are taking the SAT, visiting schools and, along with three million other kids, seeking the answer.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnQKxns6krA [Read more...]



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College Admissions: Then and Now

With two high school juniors, college admissions is a hot topic at both our houses.  We all agree that it was much easier when we applied to school and wish it wasn’t so brutally competitive for our kids’ generation. To try to understand why things have changed so much, we did a little digging and here are the facts: [Read more...]



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College Board Drops the Green Flag

Mary Dell writes: For our two families, the fall is well underway with our older kids back at college and our younger two  starting 11th grade. However, we have parented juniors before and we know what is heading their way. This year will be different for our youngest as they enter a new phase in their lives, thanks to the College Board.

 

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Like a Daytona 500 starter dropping the green flag, the College Board will soon summons juniors to sit for the PSAT,  signalling the beginning of the race known as college application season.

SAT, College Board, PSAT test, college acceptance tests for juniors, high school testing, college testingThe PSAT is big –  3.5 million kids big – and it is the one pre-college test that all juniors take with all of their classmates on a single day in October.  It is a rite of passage going back to 1971 (hey, we took it too!) and, for generations of kids, the PSAT  has started the college ball rolling. [Read more...]



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Oh, to be Our Children…

Lisa writes: So we didn’t have the depression or World War II, like our parents, and we missed huge swaths of the Vietnam War.  Any credibility on how tough life was in the 1970s might be hard to come by.  But just because we didn’t have it bad, doesn’t mean that we don’t think our kids have it better, much, much better.  Here are some of the reasons we wish we could be our children:

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1. Facebook

We may have  Facebook pages but our friends never seem to post embarrassing and deeply compromising photos of what they do when they are drunk. When we look on Facebook we see family photos, sunsets and graduations and find that we have little to ridicule our friends with the next morning. (At first we thought that maybe our friends don’t get tipsy often enough, but now we realize it is more likely that when they have been badly over served they can no longer operate or perhaps even remember that there is a camera on their cell phones.)

2. SAT tutoring

While it doesn’t look like fun, it sure beats going into the test cold and realizing that you do not even understand the first question. [Read more...]



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