Opinion | Turns Out There’s a Proper Way to Buy Your Kid a College Slot – The New York Times

This is a good editorial.

Source: Opinion | Turns Out There’s a Proper Way to Buy Your Kid a College Slot – The New York Times

I commented as follows.

What do you think those parents – and many others – want for grades? and for course content? And what do you think they get from these “innocent” administrators? How do you think that effects American higher education; and, eventually, all of American education?

When I taught at an elite school, Wash. U. in St. Louis, the answers to those questions became clear to me. Just read the letter from a student and his parents that were sent to the deans.

Those letters (with identifying details omitted, of course) are posted on my blog, inside-higher-ed.com . You can find the whole story there. It’s titled “A Tale Out of School”. In that story you can read emails from deans and the math chair, expressing their concern that this course, mainly for engineers, not be too hard. As one dean wrote, “retention” is important. Education? Read the story and see.

Opinion | Liberal Hypocrisy in College Admissions? – The New York Times. Me “So What’s New?”

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Some 43% of College Grads Are Underemployed in First Job – WSJ

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How Corrupt Higher Education Corrupts K-12 Education

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More Than a College Graduation Gap

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Good Read: The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’ – The New York Times

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Corporations and Government and Education – Excellent Analysis by Frank Bruni in NY Times

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Thoughtful Post by V Santhakumar

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Of Course They Operate Like Businesses – They ARE Businesses

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