I spotted an interesting blog post today – with the comments almost as interesting as the post.
So what do Harvard and Princetown look for in potential students? Apparently they frequently turn away students with perfect scores but look for people who have distinguished themselves, maybe by:
John Taylor Gatto also has a list for really useful ‘life’ skills:
1. Being able to successfully convey yourself through the written and (publicly) spoken word
2. Being able to spend time in solitude without feeling uncomfortable
3. Finding ways to be useful to others
4. Developing connections with other people that can be used for their benefit and your own
5. Being able to read at a high level (not just the skill of reading but being able to understand what you’re reading and internalize it)
Finally (for those of you who like lists) “What makes a person Educated”:
I can’t say that I subscribe to much of this, I think that education and intelligence has so many perspectives that simple lists (as tidy as they are) miss the bigger picture – however – the debate is always good.