Saturday, February 23, 2008

Do rich kids have an advantage getting into college?

Turns out they do. Hard to believe, huh?

The American system of higher education continues to perpetuate the myth that college is accessible to all students regardless of their socio-economic standing. Professional educators, particularly at the secondary level, know this isn't true. Professional admissions officers, as well as most professors, also know (or should know) this isn't true. A former student of mine, who now teaches high school at an affluent Washington, D.C. suburb that also includes a pocket of lower-income students, sent me a link to an interesting study showing just what an advantage the children of the professional class have in getting into and attending college.

Even if your profession is organized crime . . .

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