Tag: Admissions Standards

Caught Up in the College Admissions Scandal: Stanford’s Boathouse

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A Stanford sailor arrived at the university’s gleaming boathouse to clean out her locker at the end of the school year. The doors would not open. “Did they change the locks again?” she said with an air of exasperation. It was a reasonable question. In March, when the sailing coach John […]

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Amid Racial Divisions, Mayor’s Plan to Scrap Elite School Exam Fails

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Richard A. Carranza, the city schools chancellor, insisted last week that the plan to eliminate the entrance exam that dictates admission into Stuyvesant High School and the city’s other top public high schools was gaining traction. “There’s some real […]

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Harvard’s False Path to Wisdom

Over the past year and a half, the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., have handled themselves with a fervor and commitment that has, most of the time, inspired the nation. One of those students was Kyle Kashuv. Despite the trauma of the shootings and a busy impromptu career as a […]

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Harvard Rescinds Admission for Parkland Student Over ‘Offensive’ Comments

MIAMI — A recent graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who became a gun rights activist in the wake of the deadly shooting that killed 17 people last year, said on Monday that Harvard College rescinded its admission offer over racist and offensive remarks he made as a 16-year-old student. The […]

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Why Can’t Everyone Get A’s?

For a generation now, school reform has meant top-down mandates for what students must be taught, enforced by high-stakes standardized tests and justified by macho rhetoric — “rigor,” “raising the bar,” “tougher standards.” Here’s a thought experiment. Suppose that next year virtually every student passed the tests. What would the reaction be from politicians, businesspeople, […]

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Telling the Story of Race in New York City’s Elite High Schools Using Old Yearbooks — Including My Own

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. Movies about American high schools usually portray a micro-society ruled by football players, the wildly popular kings of the hallways. The cheerleaders are blond, pretty-but-bubbly ditzes; the “all-American” look is usually Anglo-Saxon, with Asian, black […]

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F.B.I. Is Said to Be Investigating College Admissions Practices at T.M. Landry

LAFAYETTE, La. — T.M. Landry College Preparatory School, a private school in Louisiana that garnered national attention for helping underprivileged and minority students attend elite colleges, is under federal investigation over its college admissions practices after disclosures that it cut corners and doctored applications, according to multiple people contacted by the F.B.I. The F.B.I. opened […]

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