In the winter of 2016, January to be precise, the Harvard Graduate School of Education published a body of work entitled, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions.” This transformative report and the recommendations within it are a substantial attempt to reframe the narrative in the admissions process. The main points of the report are:
The stakeholders in the Making Caring Common (MCC) Project include America’s elite and premier colleges, universities and private schools. This collaboration determined from scientific articles by Putnam, and Weissbourd & Jones in 2014, that teenagers feel strongly that parents, colleges and society value personal success and achievement more than service to humankind. This mindset creates an extraordinary amount of stress, illness, hospitalizations and avoidable (antidepressant) medications. The admissions committees of these prestigious institutions are compelled to use their platform to deliver the message that “concern for others and the common good,” and “academic excellence” are both highly Important.
This Harvard Graduate School of Education’s sponsored report recommends:
The challenge here is that these messages will be drowned out by parents, peers and the prevailing competitive culture. Success shouldn’t be determined by the college you attend, but by your virtue and contribution to the greater society.
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