Opinion

May 5, 2019

It’s Not About How We Rank Against Others; The Goal Is To Do Your Best

Kwame Anthony-Applah, who teaches philosophy at NYU, penned this article in “The Ethicist” column of The New York Times Magazine, May 5, 2019, in response to a high school senior’s distress over her many college denials. It’s long […]
May 3, 2019

In Praise of the Humanities and Social Sciences

I respect the sciences and what they have brought to my world: the ability to read at night; to drive or take the train or fly to visit friends and family; to not worry about polio or small […]
November 15, 2018

Give Thanks for Our Wonderful Children

If I had one word to tell parents of high school students applying to college, it’s perspective. Your students are capable, but please remember that they are mostly 17-year-olds. Their responses to doing the work necessary to apply, […]
February 15, 2018

How to Stay Safe Before, During & After a Violent Crisis on Campus or Anywhere Else

The recent tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School once more evidences how vulnerable our schools and colleges are to violence. The places we once thought of as safe havens for our children are now home to fear and […]
January 25, 2018

Pride in the Future

That was a great essay, Nick. I am talking about Nicholas Kristof’s op ed in the New York Times today, Thursday January 25th. Because it addresses exactly what I see in my students: “Doing good is no longer […]
January 4, 2018

What High Schools Can Do to Lessen Anxiety about Getting into College

Last month, I wrote about what parents can do to help lessen the anxiety about applying to college. This is the portion of a recent article by Leah Shaffer from the Harvard Graduate School of Education that talks about […]
October 13, 2017

Are Women Making Progress in STEM?

When I started to do some research for this blog, I came across a lot of articles about the dearth of women studying in STEM fields in college. There is, of course, the cultural stereotype that women can’t […]
August 12, 2017

How to Become a Smarter Thinker for Your College Essays

The Education Life section of the Sunday, August 6, 2017, New York Times carries a sobering story about Why Kids Can’t Write – and it seems that there are different views about how to resolve that problem – […]
July 11, 2017

Can You Get Into Grad School Even if You Go to the “Safe” College on Your List?

My answer has always been a resounding, “Yes!” But it’s often difficult to convince high school students of that. So I am often on the lookout for success stories, and I found one at the end of May […]
April 29, 2017

What Makes a Leader?

I love to take the train. Either I get to catch up on my sleep or on my reading. The other day on MetroNorth to NYC for a lunch meeting with reps from two southern colleges, I got […]