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ERIC Number: EJ783672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 8
Are the Best Minds of a Generation Being Destroyed by Madness?
Journal of College Admission, n176 p5-11 Sum 2002
As a counselor at Montclair High School (New Jersey) for the past eleven years, the author worries about the best and the brightest of U.S. high school students who are suffering from anxiety, depression, anorexia and panic attacks. The author suspects that the common thread among these students is the obsessive desire to obtain admission to the most elite colleges. What drives them is the perceived need to do whatever it takes to get into a "good" or "great" college. They perceive that there is a flow chart, an instruction sheet on what they need to do, and all will be okay. These students are acting as if they have no control. Why did this happen? Who is responsible for it? What impact will it have on the future well being of these students? In this article, the author argues that the cause of all this is a lack of coherence in the college admission process. Few colleges accurately and effectively communicate how they choose their students and, more importantly, why they have the policies and procedures that are in place. One of the most intractable problems in college admission is that there is not a clear congruence between what is best for students and what is desirable in terms of college admission. Here, the author offers a few modest suggestions that the college admission community can do to ameliorate the negative effects of the process on the students.
Descriptors: Well Being, Higher Education, College Admission, Depression (Psychology), High School Students, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Selective Admission, Achievement Need
National Association for College Admission Counseling. 1631 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2818. Tel: 800-822-6285; Tel: 703-836-2222; Fax: 703-836-8015; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.nacacnet.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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