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  • On Wed, 2 Sep 2015, 2:17pm PDT in STEM a/o educational wonks, really don't know what they're talking, Rin said:

    MMR says

    Rin says

    everyone knows that Stuy isn't a rich kid's school

    It's an Asian Joe Bloggs school. It lacks the 'fast track' to the Ivy because All the candidates look the same (on paper) and come from the same background (not rich/prominent) and accepting too many of them is antithetical to the purpose of the Ivy, which is to "build better leaders" and enhance networking capabilities/capacities. Still lot of people from there get into Ivy schools.

    There's more to it than that. From any of these cookie-cutter magnet public HS (with high Asian-American Joe Bloggs), a huge number of them (sometimes a majority of the Asians in the class), not just the magna cum laude crowd, all apply for the same colleges at the same exact time. And thus, by virtue of the deluge, every applicant from there is at a disadvantage from the opening gate.

    As a result, you have ppl, who spend every waking moment, trying to win violinist, essay, or drama contests, to beat the kids sitting next to them. Isn't that energy better spent, homeschooling, taking college courses part-time, and then, finishing a college degree by the time one is an adult?

    On the other hand, from a brand name private school, the average person there, who isn't let's say magna cum laude material, for instance, John Kerry, Al Gore, etc, when they apply for colleges, they don't necessarily put the kid-on-scholarship (sorry, make that a loan) sitting next to them, at a significant disadvantage, because one, the Ivies tend to accept more from those places (due to legacy and rich donor types), and at the same time, they can give consideration to a middle classer for making the numbers (GPA/SATs/APs) from the rich kids' camps, look better.

    When I see resumes from applicants who list their magnet high schools, not just Stuy, I almost feel like crying, because I know exactly that they're thinking. It's like somehow, the world handed 'em a lemon, and now, they're holding up a lemonade sign attempting to make that look important for a world which cares about the following ...

    1) Job --- Risk Analyst
    2) Firm --- XYZ Capital Group
    3) College (and/or Business/Law) School --- Ivies/Duke/Stanford/MIT/Oxbridge/London/Chicago

    And if the above has high school listed (or worse, a science award from HS), then that person looks like a chump, because at that point in his career, his work experience should cover the first page and a half.

  • On Wed, 2 Sep 2015, 9:36am PDT in STEM a/o educational wonks, really don't know what they're talking, Rin said:

    MMR says

    Rin says

    If you want some real uni class, try MIT OCW, Univ of Illinois/UC, London Uni

    If you use those courses, could you actually get a degree? Granted, I understand that a degree is BS and all, but some people like to look at that piece of paper.

    I believe that if one takes courses at one's local community college or state uni, it's possible to transfer into London's online program because they can evaluate US university grades but not those of our high schools, since we don't have As and Os level exams.

  • On Tue, 1 Sep 2015, 11:20am PDT in STEM a/o educational wonks, really don't know what they're talking, Rin said:

    Rin says

    Stuyvesant High School of NYC

    Also, don't think about the school, think about the individual.

    How is the individual, the one who'd gotten the mark to attend Stuy, benefited by being there, since NO ONE in the real world, cares about which high school one had attended? Realize, this isn't England where attending Eton is critical for being *seen* as born rich. Plus, everyone knows that Stuy isn't a rich kid's school. In NYC, that's Dalton. And thus, a Dalton alumni has better business networking opportunities than his counterparts at a working class place like Stuy.

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