The Future Dims

In “What America Can Learn About Smart Schools in Other Countries” (NY Times, Dec 6), the author concludes that countries that produce the most prepared students “make teaching more prestigious and selective; directed more resources to their neediest children; enrolled most children in high-quality preschools; helped schools establish cultures of constant improvement; and applied rigorous, consistent standards across all classrooms.” Except for the last, we are actually going in the opposite direction. The efforts by governors like Scott Walker and Chris Christie have vilified, marginalized and removed incentives for teachers. I have not, in my 35 years in counseling and education, seen as few students say they intended to teach as they have this past year. The selection of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary portends little improvement in these areas on the federal level as well.

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Author: Scott White

I am a nationally recognized expert on college admissions, having worked in schools and colleges for 35 years. I have been regularly quoted in major publications including the NY Times, the LA Times, The Boston Globe, the Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Time Magazine and others. I am widely published on various aspects of the college admissions process and present at state and national conferences on a variety of college admissions related topics. I have worked in college admissions as well as independent day and boarding schools. The last 25 years I have worked in public schools, 14 as a school counselor and then as a Director of Guidance at elite, suburban public schools including Montclair High School, Westfield High School and Morristown High School. I am now an independent college counselor for SW College Consulting in Montclair. I can be contacted as swcollegeconsulting@gmail.com or 973-919-6798.

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