The disadvantages of an elite education
This article is very powerful:
Here’s a quote:
The world that produced John Kerry and George Bush is indeed giving us our next generation of leaders. The kid who’s loading up on AP courses junior year or editing three campus publications while double-majoring, the kid whom everyone wants at their college or law school but no one wants in their classroom, the kid who doesn’t have a minute to breathe, let alone think, will soon be running a corporation or an institution or a government. She will have many achievements but little experience, great success but no vision. The disadvantage of an elite education is that it’s given us the elite we have, and the elite we’re going to have.
While I can quibble with a few points here and there, I think Deresiewicz’s characterization of elite education hits the mark at most levels—college and high school. I’m thinking I’d like to include this in my metacogntion curriculum for my students, but I’d like something to balance it out (ideas?), and I’m worried a good chunk of it would go right over their heads.
This is something that I’ll try to revisit and expand my thoughts upon later.