We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Is this article bad news for very bright and scholarly-minded kids? I don't think so. There are lots of interesting colleges which will give you an Ivy education or better - for far less money, and still don't stoop to taking every applicant who can pay the bill. I like Berea, which is on my mind today.
Just remember that North Central Accreditation once accredited a "college" which was nothing more than a two room rented office space. It had computers linked to a major university inter-libray program. Of course, they also accredited U of Illinois. Best not to luck for some oversight, best to look at actual course descriptions, and compare with the instructor ACTUALLY teaching the course. What are their qualifications?
When checking out the qualifications of female instructors, look to see if their publications have all been done in collaboration with men. If they have not published anything of substance on their own since receiving their ph.d., you can be pretty sure that they are a member of a women's network. One that forces male faculty to "collaborate" or else!
interesting. I recall that when my son was accepted to Harvard, Darmouth, Chicago, etc he was wait listed by Duke which that year took Bobby Hurley as a point guard. We've always thought that sort of explained the academic admission economy.
I have also been intersted in Berea for the reasons the writer has.
This time last year my nephew was wait listed for Harvard. He got into Yale, Penn, Cornell and a flock of other "elite" colleges as he scored 800 verbal, 800 math, and A+ essay SATs.
His parents who sent him @ 30+ K a year to a prep school ( from Kindergarden through 12th grade ) are still livid over this slight from Harvard as they found out one female from their area with a combined verbal and math SATs of 1470 and a B essay got into Harvard and two Blacks from their area with even lower scores got into Harvard.
My sister and her husband easily could pay the cost at Harvard but the Social Engineers at Harvard's admission department have bigger fish to fry than just pick the smartest applicants.
My nephew and his parents decided on Colgate rather than one of the Ivys.
My hunch is that a lot of the really bright boys are choosing not to go to the politically correct Ivys. My own son who is finishing up a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering as I write this told his cousin that he picked a college based on how he could find a college with a Bicycle Racing Team to join (which he did) and a great fraternity system to also join ( which he did ) and never regretted doing so. My wife and I both have Ivy League degrees ( Penn ) and tried to get our son to apply without success. Our bank account was not hit as hard and he did just fine and got a free ride for his Masters and currently for his Ph.D. studies at a top 25 in the world University.