Who Should Go to College?

Here are some U.S. Department of Education observations about the state of American higher education: A whopping 98 percent of American adults want their children to go to college, and with good reason.  The benefits of a college education are profound — greater lifetime earnings, a greater appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship, a greater…


Memo to The Big 3

The smartest guys in the room weren’t the CEOs of GM, Ford, and Chrysler when the Big 3 leadership made their first beggar’s appeal for a bailout before Congress.  Imagine going to a bank (one that’s still in business) to request a loan for your business and not bringing a business plan with you!  You…


Personality Types and Temperaments

There are billions of people in the world.  Even so, there are amazing similarities among them.  Modern psychological research has produced a classification system that assigns all of us into one of four basic temperaments, which leads to one of 16 personality types.  So what does this mean to you?

More College Knowledge Q&As

Question: Some of my friends think they should take the SAT four or five times.  What do you think? Answer: With the SAT, sometimes more ends up being less.  For most high schoolers, three times is about the maximum between the sophomore year and mid-senior year.  In some special cases, you might need four times,…


Common App Supplements Must Go!

Let’s see a show of hands. Question: Who can tell me the original intent of the Common Application? Anyone? If you’re thinking, “To provide a single application vehicle that will serve all Common Application member schools uniformly,” then go to the head of the class.  But , oh, how that ideal has been corrupted.

Colleges That Close

I’ve been thinking about the tremendous resilience and longevity of colleges.  Some have been around for hundreds of years and are still thriving.  Through World Wars, revolutions, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other cataclysms, colleges just keep rolling along, most of them growing and even prospering. Higher education is quite the industry, with a never-ending supply of…


College Knowledge Q&A

I get lots of mail from high schoolers and parents asking about the various aspects of the college process. Now and then, here in my blog, I’ll trot out some of the questions and then answer them. Caveat: There’s no way I’ll be able to cover every possible aspect of the questioner’s needs. If you’re…


The College Search

The old Christmas song “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” has a lyric that says “He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice.”  When it comes to college selection, high schoolers need to make their list and check it twice. For juniors who are considering a four-year college, it’s time to do some thinking.  You…


The End of Western Civilization

Forget about The Bomb.  Forget about AIDS.  Forget about terrorists, the economic collapse, and all the other headline-making threats we face today.  PC will eventually topple Western civilization.  PC—as in Political Correctness. I’ve said this for many years now, and everyone just laughs at me.  Well, lots of people laugh at me for many reasons,…