On the sidelines of her son’s soccer game, Lisa Heffernan chatted with the younger sibling of one of his teammates. “’I don’t really have a passion like my brother yet’,” he explained, glancing over at the field. “But my parents are helping me look for one’.”
The push for passion is harming kids by crowding out exploration, writes Heffernan in the New York Times‘ Motherlode blog. She blames college admissions.
Elite colleges brag about rejecting applicants with high grades and test scores. They don’t want well-rounded students. They want high-scoring “oblong” or “angular” students with a defining passion for . . . Is the oboe really esoteric enough? Is Klingon poetry too weird?