Seven years ago, Brooks complained in The Atlantic about hard-working, ambitious and vapid Ivy League students in The Organization Kid.
Joseph Epstein, who teaches good students at Northwestern, distrusts the type. They may be bright but they’re rarely deep, he writes. They’ll do anything to get ahead.
To have been accepted at one of the top schools means that a child has done what he was told, followed instructions, kept his eye on the prize, played the game, and won. But does it mean much more?
Speaking as a retired good student and the mother of a good student, I don’t think knowing how to play the academic game precludes genuine intellect though it doesn’t guarantee it either.
Who’s the dullest? People born between 1961 and 1965 posted the lowest NAEP and SAT scores, writes Robert Pondiscio on Core Knowledge Blog.