Competitive college admissions are one of the reasons regularly cited in
Wimps for parental over involvement
and the increasingly heavy academic pressures placed on children and teens.
With this in mind, the March 31, 2008
article in The New York Times undoubtedly sent a cold shiver down many a parent's back but, arguably, unnecessarily so ....
This year, many top colleges are reporting record lows in acceptance rates. For example, Harvard accepted only 7% of the more than 27,000 applicants (about 2,000 students), in the process rejecting many of the 3,300 applicants who ranked first in their high school class and many with perfect scores on one or more SAT papers (2,500 scored a perfect 800 in the SAT critical reading test and 3,300 had a perfect score in the SAT math exam).
As William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid at Harvard College, puts it, "We love the people we admitted, but we also love a very large number of the people who we were ...