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High Schools Ask Students Not to Talk About Getting in to College

The aim is to protect the feelings of others who have been rejected. This from Christine Rousselle of the College Conservative.

Recently, some schools in New York have banned students from discussing their college acceptances, particularly if they were admitted into Ivy League or top-tier schools. The rationale behind this was to protect the feelings of people who were denied acceptance to prestigious universities. At the Calhoun School,

 “seniors have a weekly class with the college guidance counselor, in which they discuss “the appropriate way to share news of acceptance,” said Sarah Tarrant, director of college counseling. “The weekly conversation reins in kids who might run around yelling, ‘I got in! I got in!’ ”

And to that I say: give me a freaking break.

Did I get into every school I applied to? No! Did I weep for several hours upon denial from one of my top choice schools? You bet I did! Did some of my friends get in when I didn’t? Yes! That’s life.

Not everyone is going to get into every school they apply to. They’re not going to get every job they apply for either after school. The fact that schools like Horace Mann, Packer Collegiate Institute, and the Bronx High School of Science all have policies concerning when students can reveal what college they’re going to (or, in the case of Horace Mann, what sweatshirts they can wear) is incredibly disturbing. These are some of the top high school students in the country, and the students who are doing the best, working the hardest, and gaining acceptance into Ivy League schools are essentially being told that their achievements aren’t worth sharing due to the potential bruised egos of their classmates.

What happened to celebrating achievement?

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