Friday, January 27, 2006


My 12 year old daughter is taking the SAT tomorrow, because she was nominated for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. I have pretty mixed feelings about the whole thing. Luckily she is looking forward to taking the SAT, not uptight about it. Singling kids out as different makes me nervous. And yet I also feel I never got the information I needed when I was young about how to make sense of my own abilities. The trouble is, the top 5% (or even the top 1%) has gotten to be a pretty crowded place. That hit me when I read an article several years ago in The New Yorker that said that Yale could if it wanted fill its entire freshman class with students with two 800s on the SAT.

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