YCBK 351: Admissions Data Suggests Being Very Rich is its Own Qualification-Part 2 [Transcript]
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YCBK 351: Admissions Data Suggests Being Very Rich is its Own Qualification-Part 2

In this week’s episode you will hear

In the News (2:25) : Mark and Julia discuss an opinion article that appeared in, “The New York Times” entitled, “Study of Elite College Admissions Data Suggests Being Very Rich is its own qualification”. It was written by By Aatish Bhatia, Claire Cain Miller and Josh Katz. It was written on June 24th, 2023, Part 2 of 2 (Length 39 minutes)

This week’s question (41:52) : Mark and Lisa have a spicey conversation about a Speakpipe question from a Kentucky listener who asks, whether it is better to go for the higher GPA or take the courses that you want to take in high schools

(Length 19 minutes)

This week’s interview (1:00:36): Lisa continues her excellent interview with Evan Mandery, a professor at the John Jay College in the Department of Criminal Justice and he is the author of the book, “Poison Ivy”,. Evan challenges the myth of the meritocracy when it comes to elite colleges, and he exposes the hypocrisy of elite colleges. Evan has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a law degree from Harvard, but he does not hold back what he thinks about how schools like Harvard could be doing so much more than they are doing to help society, but they often exacerbate social inequality. Evan Mandery is the author of eight books, including four novels, as well as the co-creator and executive producer of the TV series Artificial, for which he won Peabody and Emmy awards in 2019. Part 2 of 3. Preview of Part 2:

  • Evan talks about how we can do the best for our kids but challenge gross societal inequities.
  • Evan talks about the gross inequities of the unique tax breaks that elite colleges get
  • Evan talks about why Teach for America has been so successful
  • Evan challenges Lisa when she says it is hard to justify paying an IVY league tuition and working at a low paying public-school teaching job
  • Evan praises Bates Colleges for the work they are doing to change society
  • Evan talks about how legacy preferences are indefensible
  • Evan talks about a bill he authored to make a difference in college’s fixation on the well-resourced through legislation.
  • Evan talks about all the ways schools like Harvard have flawed admissions practices (Length 25 minutes)

Mark’s recommended resource of the week (1:13:00) : The recommended resource is an NCSA website, NCSAsports.org. How to get recruited and how to connect with coaches and how to utilize recruitment opportunities.

College Spotlight (1:25:45): Lynda and Lisa start a brand-new interview as Lisa recounts her recent visit to SCAD in Savannah. SCAD is also known as Savannah College of Art and Design. Part 2 of 2


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