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  •  Hahvahd (6+ / 0-)

    had so much money in endowments (before the recession, now it's a different story) they were going to waive tuition for every student. That's how much money some of these places have. For a bright low-income student they want they will move heaven and earth to put together a financial aid package to get that student there. Also, if a student is bright and is an athlete, that may help even more because of athletic scholarships, and for all sorts of things like volleyball and field hockey.

    Unfortunately, as we starve our schools of cash we also starve our students of counselors, who are the ones who know this stuff.

    "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

    by zaynabou on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:26:56 AM PDT

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    •  I Think This Is The Kind Of Mission Local Alums (2+ / 0-)
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      can be convinced to take up.  It isn't hard to set up a college fair so that students can get an brief intro to the possibilities.  In rural areas, it would probably be a good thing to have several schools do one college fair for the all of them.  Some of this stuff is just common sense stuff that can be solved fairly easily.  

      Getting kids in tough enough classes to succeed at the level of work demanded by nationally rated college is a much tougher nut to crack.

      Newt 2012. Sociopath, adulterer, hypocrite, Republican.

      by tikkun on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:35:42 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah (3+ / 0-)
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        my education in the early 80s in public school was a lot more rigorous than what I am seeing now, judging by the undergraduates I got in classes. The whole "teaching to the test" thing doesn't teach anything, but how to take a bloody test.

        "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

        by zaynabou on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:43:02 AM PDT

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