De-emphasizing the SAT scores


How much of the college prep routine is just plain dysfunctional? SAT, a standardized test that reduces a human life to three or four hours at a desk with a pencil.( No regard for individualism, unique talents or abilities, socioeconomic differences, or extraneous matters that may influence test performance at any given time). The formulaic approach to college acceptance has now become the tendency to turn the student into what he (or she) perceives the colleges want him to be instead of what he wants to be himself. Students are put through mostly time-honored curricula in relatively closed environments while checking on their vital extracurriculars, whether it be sport, the arts, student government, community service and so forth.

Meanwhile, parents have gotten in on the act and are starting to act like they’re the ones applying to college instead of their children. If the parents can’t actually be the students, they can and will do everything within their power to see to it that their children are meeting their scripted objectives, obligations and appointments. It has become a vicariously shared experience that has arguably assumed its own set of problems.

Parents motivate and tutor academically behind the scenes (or hire someone else to do the same), drive the children everywhere (when a simple bike ride might be more than sufficient) and maintain every aspect of scheduling and micromanaging to the extent that children become at risk of not thinking for themselves.

Thankfully, universities like Wake Forest have started de-emphasizing SAT scores, if not ignoring them entirely. And it’s about time. Meanwhile, theories behind college preparation are evolving toward extracting the best of what each student has to offer from within, instead of without, while not undermining the importance of essential prerequisites. Read More on Post and Courier.com

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