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  1. From the linked article: "Incest-Fest is, essentially, a campus party where making out and hooking up with as many people as possible is the goal. It gets the “incest†name because the event is open only to residents of Kirkland house–one of Harvard’s undergraduate residences. Thus, students who are living together (as if they were members of the same family, get it?? Incest? So funny, right?) are having sex with one another." I don't think colleges should be sponsoring events encouraging "hook-ups".
  2. I don't know if these Harvard students are "super-gifted", but they have lost their sense of right and wrong: http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/11799
  3. Cash is treated the same as a savings account. Can you put the money in a retirement account? http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/fotw1213/help/fotw31cF4c.htm What is your total current balance of cash, savings, and checking accounts? Add the account balances of your (and your spouse’s) cash, savings, and checking accounts.
  4. Many people homeschool because they don't agree with the values taught in school and lived by many of the students. Such homeschoolers, and other concerned parents, should consider what kind of environment their children may be in at college. It's true that no one is forcing your child to behave like the young people in the article, but it also true that young people sometimes emulate their peers, against their better judgement. I live near Boston and know conservative families that have had their children commute to college from home, perhaps to avoid the environment depicted in the article. I probably won't do that with our children, but we'll see.
  5. Here is an article and a blog post on this topic. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/education/edlife/guidance.html ACT vs. SAT By MICHELLE SLATALLA New York Times November 4, 2007 http://educationrealist.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/whats-the-difference-between-the-sat-and-the-act/ What’s the difference between the SAT and the ACT? By educationrealist June 22, 2012
  6. An article http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/09/boys-on-the-side/309062/ Boys on the Side by Hanna Rosin The Atlantic September 2012 describes the current social environment at some universities . It is not pleasant reading. I want my children to respect others and to respect themselves when they grow up.
  7. Some companies, including those on Wall Street, do ask job applicants for SAT scores . At least on the coasts, the SAT is still a bit more prestigious than the ACT. Everyone knows that an 800 is the top score on a section. Fewer know what the top score on an ACT section is. I think anyone who can score very well on the SAT (which can be determined by taking a practice test) should take it, even if he or she also takes the ACT.
  8. Message below copied from the Davidson Gifted Forum: Just posted on the Davidson Institute website - the brand new guidebook, "Considering Homeschooling: A Guidebook for Investigating an Alternative Path to Education". This guidebook is a valuable tool for parents who are considering homeschooling. Readers will find information on homeschool curriculum, applying to college, cost considerations, networking with other families, homeschool laws and more. Check it out today! http://print.ditd.org/young_scholars/Guidebooks/Homeschool_Guidebook.pdf
  9. How has your daughter prepared so far? There are lots of SAT prep books available. One study http://educationrealist.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/why-chris-hayes-fails/ found that the average SAT score gain for whites from a prep course was only 12.3 points (I think this is a total for all three sections).
  10. You do not need to enroll your child in a talent search to have him take the SAT.
  11. The previous thread I posted here "Which AP exams earn credits at the most colleges?" http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/showthread.php?t=404729 lead to an interesting but largely off-topic discussion. The College Board has a site "AP credit policy info" http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp?AffiliateID=1&BannerID=ba_189785 that links to sites at colleges with relevant information.
  12. A woman wants to make where she lives look like a home. Men are often less particular.
  13. The peak annual earnings of a smart college graduate may be $100K/year, so graduating from college X years early could mean $100K * X increased lifetime earnings. Other factors, such as sports participation (as the OP mentioned) or simply the pleasure of having your children at home with you should also be considered, of course. Yes, one can study college-level subjects at home, but once you get beyond the AP level, colleges usually will not give you any credit for such study.
  14. I think the whole idea of "parent orientation" is strange, since they are not the ones going to college. Universities overspend on administrators who have too much time on their hands and do unnecessary things.
  15. I think the report is interesting, but many of the things wrong with the for-profits are also wrong, if to a lesser extent, with the so-called "non-profits". I use scare quotes around "non-profit" when such institutions have been raising tuition and fees faster than inflation and family income for decades. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/30/education/harkin-report-condemns-for-profit-colleges.html Senate Committee Report on For-Profit Colleges Condemns Costs and Practices By TAMAR LEWIN New York Times July 29, 2012
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