Sunday, March 27, 2011

Admissions case as referendum

As of this writing, [Amy Chua's eldest daughter Sophia's] application is being read, I’m sure, at many of the top colleges. Almost certainly, she will be admitted to all of them, but I can guarantee she’s put these schools’ admissions officers in a swivet. Obviously, it is not their job to provide a referendum on child-rearing practices. But they know that admitting her will send a powerful message to a large community. If Sophia goes to Harvard next fall, a significant number of parents will say to themselves: The method works. Her matriculation to a top school will surely result in more children’s being forced to endure what she did.
--Caitlin Flanagan, Atlantic Monthly, on the most closely watched college applicant this year

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