How college admissions has turned into something akin to ‘The Hunger Games’

March 30, 2016

 

An article in the Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog likens college admissions to The Hunger Games. @ValerieStrauss provides a brief introduction before handing over the reins to Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at the Derryfield School, a private school in Manchester, N.H. Barnard begins his piece with this poignant passage:

 

"With sinking admission rates, high-stakes testing, rising tuition costs, unmanageable debt and anunhealthy fixation on the handful of most selective schools, we are debilitating the next generation of learners. The message we inadvertently send: A prestige acceptance is better than a joyful childhood."

 

After briefly comparing The Hunger Games to college admissions -- "where students battle to survive in application pools seeming to demand perfection" -- Barnard goes on to ask the questions that matter. How did this happen? Who is responsible? What are the effects on high school students?

 

Barnard also offers a call to action. He asks students and parents to take a stand and to unite behind a better mindset. Toward this end he provides two lists, one called "We will NOT ...", the other called "INSTEAD we will ..."

 

Recommended reading for anyone seeking a sense of sanity in the college admissions process.

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