Should Harvard deny admission to private-school students? A Crimson columnist argues that dreams of Harvard admission would revive the public system as ambitious students rejected private options.
(Public school) students would be more engaged in their academics, and their purposefulness would be contagious. The most ambitious Harvard hopefuls, newly returned to their public schools, would revitalize extracurriculars with their passion and talent. Quality teachers, as well, might be likelier to seek a job at a public school, where they are sorely needed. Most importantly, it would force parents, especially influential or wealthy parents, to have more of a stake in public education.
Few students have a realistic shot at Harvard and most of those in the public system attend high-quality suburban high schools or magnet schools that serve the most ambitious students.