College acceptance on display?
Now is the time that many high schools start making public--through posters, announcements, e-mails, etc.--where high school seniors have been accepted to college.
I wish they wouldn't.
Here’s why: Applying to a college is an individual, private affair. Kids often don’t tell their friends everywhere they are applying, for one reason or another. Asking for financial aid is even more secret.
Why should the school institutionalize a disclosure process that has the great potential to embarrass kids who don’t do well? (And in some schools, that is most of the kids.) The application process is grueling enough without having the results displayed for the world to see.
Some posters announcing admissions leave room for congratulations by other students, which, of course, can turn out to be taunts instead.
The schools don't need to make decisions public for kids to find out who got in where; word of mouth travels fast. And that's the way it should be. Shouldn’t it be left up to the student to tell whoever they want to know?
Do you think schools should stay out of the bragging about admissions business? Tell me why I’m wrong in a comment below or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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| January 29, 2010; 11:18 AM ET
Categories: College Admissions | Tags: college admissions
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