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 Assunto da Mensagem: The quality of Harvard graduates is crumbling
 Mensagem Enviado: Segunda Jan 15, 2018 6:59 am 
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Naomi Schaefer Riley, graduated from Harvard "magna cum laude", journalist and former blogger for the Chronicle of Higher Education tried to justify the exquisite legacy tradition with strong sociologic and economic reasons. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-09-08/stop-bashing-harvard-s-legacy-students She wrote:
“The children in the U.S. who have the highest GPAs and SAT scores, who write smart essays and who have all sorts of interesting extracurricular activities on their resumes are also likely to be the children of graduates of elite institutions…Educated people are marrying educated people and having educated children…Private universities are not simply engines for remaking America’s social structure. They are businesses”

As an academic I find the argument pathetic and the best proof that the value of Harvard graduates is crumbling. Still and concerning the main money reason I could understand that some Colleagues like the ones in London School of Economics that were involved in the "Gaddafi affair" could relate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_School_of_Economics_Gaddafi_links

Fortunatly they don´t because business cannot justify everthing. Less alone monkey businesses in academia involving the exchange of donations for admittance. Of course as an European with a very strong belief that Europe has an important role to play in the fate of this world (despite the unstoppable rise of China and India) I appreciate to know that US is from quite some time putting in place an aristocratic system in which only royal titles are missing. We also use to have that in Europe for a long long time. It seems that US future will be Europe past.


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