Why Are American Colleges Obsessed With ‘Leadership’?; Tara Isabella Burton; In The Atlantic; 2014-01-22.
Teaser: What’s wrong with being a follower? Or a lone wolf?
Tara Isabella Burton is on a Ph.D. track as a Clarendon Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford; in the areas of theology & literature.
tl;dr → Because they can; because they need more “data.” The English system is better, they’ve got this figured out already. Europe, look to Europe for the answers.
- Common Application
- Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
- Academic Culpability Test (ACT)
- Universe (who cares?)
- Counterpoint (who doesn’t care?)
- The English “public” school scheme, writ large.
- contributor, participant → bad (a C-)
- leader, tangible merit → good (A, A+)
- Attributes (of a successful supplicant)
- warmth of personality
- sense of humor
- concern for others
- grace under pressure.
- Definition of Leadership, as a <quote>a broad church of qualities</quote>
- concern for others
- self-confident leader
- natural follower
- natural team player
- natural lone wolf
The categorical Leadership is culture-specific.
- <quote>[leaders] will—implicitly—manage those others who are not [leaders].The implicit message behind the rhetoric of leadership is that learning for learning’s sake is not enough.[Leaders are] People who make it to the top. People who can climb the greasy pole of whatever hierarchy they decide to attach themselves to.</quote> attributed to Robert J. Sternberg, College Admissions for the 21st Century
- What We Look For; In The Application Process; materials; Harvard University; WHEN?
- What Yale Looks For; Their Application Process; Yale; WHEN?
cites Kingman Brewster, president.
- Part 1: Answers from Princeton’s Dean of Admissions; Janet Lavin Rapeley; (Princeton); In The New York Times; 2012-09-24.
- Lan Liu
- Beyond the American Model
- Beyond the American Model of Leadership; In Harvard Business Review; 2010-05-18.
- Jacques Steinberg (institution?); The Gate-Keepers (Gatekeepers), Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College; Penguin Books; reprint; 2002-07-29; 336 pages; Kindle: $13, paper: $0.01+SHT. Original: 1999ish; hardcover: $7+SHT..
Jacques Steinberg is a reporter for the New York Times (NYT)
tl;dr → exposé of Wesleyan admissions machinery.
- Robert J. Sternberg (Tufts); College Admissions for the 21st Century; Harvard University Press; 2010-10-01; 224 pages; Kindle: $20, paper: $2+SHT.
- William Deresiewicz (Columbia); Solitude and Leadership; In The American Scholar; 2010-03-01.
Teaser: If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts
Recited at the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009-10.
- Kingman Brewster, President, Yale
- William Deresiewicz; ex-admissions, Columbia.
- Biographical Information; In Jimi Wales Wiki.
- Emmi Harward
- director of college counseling, The Bishop’s School, La Jolla, CA
- Executive Director of the Association College Counselors in Independent Schools
- Janet Lavin Rapeleye, dean (of admissions?), Princeton.
- Robert J. Sternberg, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University.
In The Atlantic:
- How Getting Into College Became Such a Long, Frenzied, Competitive Process
- Applying to College Shouldn’t Require Answering Life’s Great Questions