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The college admissions scandal keeps growing. The mastermind behind the cheating and bribery scheme says that he did the same sort of thing for 750 families. It has also come out that it’s a common practice for wealthy families to buy extra time for their children to take the SAT test by purchasing phony diagnoses of Attention Deficit Disorder or other mental difficulties such as “anxiety.” An audit showed that most of the students granted extra time to take the test happened to be from the very wealthy demographic. And that as many as 25% of the students in the elite institutions are classified as “disabled,” mostly for mental health diagnoses.
So is education about social status or about learning something? And if the latter, what do you want your child to learn?
Mark - Hemingway - Discussion - College - Admissions
Mark Hemingway has written an excellent discussion about the college admissions scandal and the underlying issues about education that it raises. In the course of the piece, he tell about what he and his wife, Mollie (another prominent Christian journalist), want for their children. Also how they found it at their classical Lutheran school.
From Mark Hemingway, Do You Want Your Kids To Go To An Elite College Or Get An Education? They’re Not The Same Thing, in The Federalist:
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. . .my wife and I have a very different view of what a proper education looks like than does American culture writ large. Our primary goal is that we raise children who continue to practice our Lutheran faith and have stable, child-rearing families.
Yes, concerns about career achievement and financial security are in the mix, but only insofar as they are necessary to support their family, church, and community, and do not otherwise interfere with a life focused on higher things. We believe inculcating specific values such as gratitude, selflessness, charity,...
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