I read this article from the New York Times this morning.
I must admit that I am a parent with hopes of at least one of my children getting into an Ivy League school, or at least one of the top tier colleges. Although I don't push them by enrolling them into all kinds of prep courses to increase their SAT scores (not yet anyway!), I do occasionally drop hints like:
"Hey, you know, you really need to high score in the SATs to get into XYZ University"; or
"Hey, you know you should take part in more community service groups so that it will look good on your college application."; or
"Hey, you know, if you are REALLY good in basketball/football/fencing/hockey/tennis/badminton/synchronised swimming/lacrosse, you will stand a better chance of getting into XYZ University?"; or
"You know, you should start working on improving your writing skills because you will need to write an outstanding essay in your college application."
Realistically speaking, the chances of getting in is very slim. So I am going to try & let go of this pipe dream; if my kids are happy doing what they love & have passion for, it will not matter which college they do or do not get into. After all, life is more than about getting an Ivy League education.
Heck, Life itself is an education.