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Choosing Elites Hardcover – April, 1985

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books (April 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465011063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465011063
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,048,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John H. Hwung on July 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a facinating book which affords you an opportunity to look into the minds of Harvard's admissions officers. This is about how they choose and pick students.
The content and research are first rate. However, the mindset is very much social engineering. I guess this kind of thoughts must have permeated Harvard.
Regardless of how many ways the social engineers tried, at the end the author admits that there are few indicators of success more studied and reliable than high school grades and SAT I scores for picking students. So, there is all the fuss about essays, recommendation letters and extracurricular activities, and yet they do not have much to do with student success in college and later in adult life.
What really scared me is the social engineering attitude among Harvard's administrators and professors.
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