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Protests from Elite Schools

I find it ironic that administrators at the most prestigious schools are protesting so vigorously since they are responsible for most of the nation’s admission hysteria. Children who are anointed each year by the admission staff at the Harvards of the world, do need to be nearly perfect—at least using the cramped definition of perfection that elite schools use. And the odds of being anointed by these admission gods keep declining as some of these elite schools insist on encouraging ever more students to apply so they can generate even greater rejection rates.

The only people who can really play this admission game at the highest level are the wealthy. So, of course, they are going to hire people to help them with the college process just as they employ people to walk their Shih-Tzus, massage their backs, and carry their golf clubs. It’s the use of these exorbitantly compensated hired guns that creates the impression that only the wealthy can win this race. And that’s probably what motivates the elite schools to protest. Nobody wants to be considered a playground for the rich even when it’s true.


  

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