By Julia Prodis Sulek | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: March 16, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: March 16, 2019 at 7:03 am Rick Singer looks straight into the camera, auditioning for his own reality show about the cutthroat world of college admissions. Wearing a light blue sweater vest, he pitches himself as a “life-coach” for families desperate to get their kids into Stanford, Yale and USC. He has the look of a tennis pro and a voice that could pass for New York “fixer” Michael Cohen. “This is a game,’’ he says on the production company video submitted to a network in 2010 and unearthed last week by TMZ . “Just realize that this is a game.” Parents are so stressed out, he says, they need medication to calm down. They are so rich, they send private planes to fly him across the country to meet with their children. Singer never became a TV star, but last week he became a felon — and the face of the … [Read more...] about The crooked counselor, privileged parents and cutthroat college admissions game
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Shamus Khan, The Washington Post Published 7:25 am PDT, Friday, March 15, 2019 When I was in the ninth grade, I applied to boarding schools. The applications required that I take the SSAT, a version of the SAT for high school admissions. My parents were professionals, well-off but not extremely wealthy. They were also immigrants, unfamiliar with the American system of testing and nervous about my performance. So they sent me to a tutor to prepare for the exam. My tutor gave me a series of practice tests. The day I sat for the exam, I read it with astonishment: I'd taken this test before. I knew all the answers. When my mother picked me up, she asked me how I'd done. I told her that something wasn't right. She agreed. We informed my middle school, and I took the test again - this time, one I hadn't seen before. Though my scores weren't perfect the second time around, they were mine. Other families in the tutoring class kept their mouths shut; they were getting what … [Read more...] about The college admissions game is rigged. Arresting cheaters won’t change that.
WorldTwo British universities are aiming to recruit more white males, after the numbers of such students dropped low enough for them to be classed as a minority group.Aston and Essex Universities have announced their plans to target more white men, the Telegraph reported. The newspaper cited Britain’s Higher Education Statistics Agency, which said white men are a minority at approximately 10 percent of all higher education institutions in the U.K. They are especially poorly represented on courses including pharmacy, business and some science degrees, where more than 70 percent of students are from an ethnic minority.Read more: The world’s best universities in 2018In the 2016-17 school year, 27 percent of British freshmen were white males, having fallen from from 30 percent in 2007-08.Oxford University, considered one of the best educational institutions in the country and in the world, announced a sumer school in May 2017 to … [Read more...] about Are White Males a Minority Group? Two Universities Say Yes, Launch Recruitment Drive
0 Have your say WHEN you think about the qualities an ideal teacher should possess, what do you imagine? A patient, passionate and approachable person on a mission to inspire and engage their pupils? Or an exhausted individual bent over their laptop late into the night, entering column after column of figures into a spreadsheet? The demands of the school curriculum and the obsession with recording scores and information about pupil progress, subject achievements, league tables and all the rest has reduced many of our teachers to little more than input clerks.If this sounds like a harsh indictment of the rigorous reforms introduced by Michael Gove, the former education secretary, you should hear what Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s chief inspector, has had to say.In a hard-hitting speech to school leaders last week, she told her audience that concentrating on exam performance “has increased the pressure on school leaders, teachers and indirectly on pupils to … [Read more...] about Jayne Dowle: How education fails even when it ticks all the boxes
PUBLISHED: 05:00 15 August 2018 Lynne Mortimer For some, joy, for others, bitter disappointment. Picture: Chris Ryan/Getty Images This content is subject to copyright. Exam glory or disappointment? As students receive their A-level and GSCE grades, here’s a bit of perspective. Simon Cowell did not score huge academic success but made his way to the top of showbiz by working his way up. Picture: Joe Giddens/PAIt can be stressful waiting for A level or GCSE results. Students are encouraged to plan what happens next but the success or otherwise of these plans can depend on the grades they achieve. They may need As at A level to get the university place they have set their hearts on or perhaps five or six A-C grades at GCSE to carry on to A levels.For A levels, crunch day is tomorrow, August 16, with GCSE results out next week, on Thursday, August 23.I will come clean straight away. I didn’t do as well as I should have done. I got eight out of … [Read more...] about The wait for exam results is nearly over