Kids lose their childhoods to appease the college admissions Gods (and their parents), endure record rates of depression and anxiety, and arrive on campus stripped of curiosity or self-knowledge. They excel at following orders, hence they are "excellent sheep."
Standardized testing. Two words. Five syllables. Every single teenager is aware of its infamous reputation. Whether it be the SAT, ACT, OAA (in Ohio) or another assortment of random capitalized letters, these tests are dreadful.
I will be taking the SATs in June and have prepared for months taking numerous practice tests, which still will not guarantee how well I will do. It seems like the questions on both the SAT and ACT get more and more outrageous every year.
There are simply not enough places at these few schools for all the students with perfect grades and perfect scores. Which brings me to Kwasi's essay, what it reveals about him, and what it reveals about what top schools seem to be looking for.
So I studied. I wrote practice essays, cleared out my library's SAT prep shelf, and rationed my hours of sleep a little more harshly. I worked my butt off, got the score I wanted, end of story, right? Well... not exactly.
The consensus that high school is always full of fun, friends and forever-in-our-hearts memories exists for a select few. For the rest of us, there are ups and there are downs, mistakes and mishaps. Here are five things I wish I knew before I left the world of cafeterias and pep rallies.
If the College Board ever intended to create equity in college admission, its effect has been the opposite. It advantages the already advantaged. The disproportionate weight given to SAT scores in admission further magnifies the many advantages already enjoyed by privileged kids.
My students and I couldn't help but ask the obvious question: If Palestinians controlled their own borders, could these students have taken the SAT exam on October 6th along with American college hopefuls around the globe?