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1/ What is especially enraging about this #CollegeCheatingScandal is that, as the father of a HS junior, taking tests and looking at colleges, I know how cut throat this stuff is...it's ridiculous...
2/ Our oldest daughter is an excellent student and has really good test scores (so clearly she was switched in the hospital cuz neither her mom nor I can claim that), but the fact is, it's a crap shoot and we've told her that...
3/ Most selective colleges turn away enough highly qualified students to fill out their freshman classes 3x over...so we prepare our daughter for the reality of the situation. She could get in to all, some or none of her top choice schools...
4/ But as decent parents, we also make clear her life will not be defined by where she goes to college. These parents who think Ivy League education is the only valid education, or Stanford, are idiots who, in a perfect world, wouldn't have been allowed to procreate...
5/ Their elitism is the problem in this country and the world...stop living vicariously through your kids, and taking their victories or failures as your own...let them live their lives. They might not even want your help (our daughter has made clear she wants us out of it)...
6/ ...and I appreciate that. Your children are not extensions of you. They are independent beings who need to find their own way, and if you don't get that you shouldn't be a parent...
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