From ACT to Acts

Will Richardson, Read Write Connect Learn, Feb 03, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a brief commentary on a recent report (32 page PDF) discussing how admissions officers should adapt to support more quality community engagement and less emphasis on simply counting accomplishments. As Richardson summarizes, "stop putting so much emphasis on AP classes and SAT scores and, instead, encourage kids to do meaningful, sustained good work in their communities and families." Sponsored by Harvard's School of Education, the report suggests that "College admissions can send compelling messages that both ethical engagement - especially concern for others and - the common good - and intellectual engagement are highly important."That sounds nice, but I guess I'd rather see these universities leading by example.

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