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December 22, 2014

"For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Good College Isn’t as Hard as It Seems"

Every high school student applying to one or more "selective" colleges should read this. (See also the qualification offered in "Do 80 Percent of Top Students Really Get Into an Elite College?")

"For Accomplished Students, Reaching a Top College Isn’t Actually That Hard"

It would be a better world if all high-achieving high school students knew this:

That’s why some students are applying to 20 or more schools: to increase their odds of making a single match. The most important elite college admissions statistic, then, is not the percentage of applications top schools accept. It’s the percentage of top students who are admitted to at least one top school. And that number isn’t 5 percent or 20 percent or even 50 percent. It’s 80 percent. It turns out that four out of five well-qualified students who apply to elite schools are accepted by at least one.

December 21, 2014

"Demand side: 75% our interviews are a complete waste of time"

The academic economics version of the old wisecrack, "To find a prince, you have to kiss a lot of frogs."

December 17, 2014

"Giant blow to Millennial college student entitlement dealt by . . . Oberlin professor?"

Well, a visiting professor, but these days we should be grateful for what we can get.

"The 10 Most Inspirational Teachers in Film"

If only the real world were like the movies


"Why I Left A Top University And Might Never Go Back"

Good reasons why college is not right for at least some people. But I don't think I believe this:

What’s even more striking is a conversation I recently had with a marketing team lead at Apple who also routinely takes part in their hiring process. She explained to me how in recent years, Apple has had more success with interns who are either college dropouts or in their first two years of higher education. She explained a trend the company had become very familiar with recently: when a college grad is hired, he or she tends to come in with a “textbook based mindset,” and is incapable of learning the unique ways in which things work in their marketing department. A company with a market cap of $619 billion as of today is preferring to hire non-college grads for their marketing department.

December 16, 2014

Two for teachers

"8 Heartwarming Stories Of Teachers Changing People’s Lives".

"17 Insanely Clever Hacks For Teachers, By Teachers".

December 15, 2014

"Harvard Professors Read Mean [Student] Comments"

Funny or sad, you decide.

December 08, 2014

"Here's The Main Difference Between Harvard And Stanford"

If this is true--I have my doubts--I vote Stanford.

The difference between the two educational juggernauts is fairly simple — Harvard has a focus on intellectual growth, while Stanford seeks to give its students more practical knowledge. 

"The Top Eleven Ways to Tell that a Journal is Fake"

I wouldn't have thought an article like this was necessary. Sadly, recent events probably make it so.

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