“The problem with [college applications] is usually they’re not explicit enough, so if you say ‘report on any responsibilities or activities you had outside of school,’ the kids who are taking care of a sick relative don’t know to report those things or are too humble to report them,” Weissbourd said. “Our goal is to encourage them to report those things and provide examples of what to report.” Read more on our college admissions work in The Atlantic's profile of MCC faculty director, Rick Weissbourd.
If we don’t teach our children about love, the outside world will do it for us. “We spend an enormous amount of time preparing people for work, but do nothing to prepare them for love,” he says. Read more on Rick Wiessbourd's expertise on helping teens build healthy relationships in the Washington Post.
“You are trying to help your kids understand another human being.” Check out Real Simple's piece where faculty director Rick Weissbourd talks about using the news and current events to help instill more empathy in you kids.
How do you teach your kids to be empathetic? While you don’t need to set aside time for “empathy training,” it’s important to model it in your daily life, MCC's research director Luba Falk Feigenberg, tells New Jersey Family magazine. “It’s not actually something we do on top of everything else. It’s something we do as part of everything else.”
"He's moody. He doesn't sleep. You see fatigue. You shouldn't see that in a teenager." Watch Nightline's segment on how the college admissions process is affecting students and how recommendations in Making Caring Common's new report seek to redefine achievement.
"'Should someone with more money and a better tutor than me be able to attend the college of their choice while I’m at a disadvantage? College admissions should be based on your ability to better the world — not to outperform someone on a test, and I hope that colleges will take this report to heart and level the playing field for us all.'” A current high school student weighs in on the current college application process as part of USA Today's coverage of the new report from Making Caring Common.
"Resumes filled to the brim with sports, music, Advanced Placement courses, and community service projects in foreign countries. A multi-billion dollar tutoring and test prep industry fueled by students in a competitive frenzy to achieve better and better scores. Books providing hyped-up advice on 'how to beat the system.'” The Seventy Four identifies many of the problems with the current college admissions process and shares highlights from MCC's new report.
"En este sentido, el reporte recomienda tomar en consideración las responsabilidades familiares y comunitarias de todos los estudiantes, de modo que aquellos provenientes de familias de menos ingresos o de clase trabajadora, y con menos tiempo de involucrarse en numerosas actividades extracurriculares, también tengan las mismas oportunidades que sus pares de competir por un puesto en la universidad o college de su elección." Univision identifies how the recommendations in "Turning the Tide," including taking into account family and community responsibilities, can benefit lower-income college applicants.
"The proposal...has been endorsed by about 80 educators, including top admissions officials at major U.S. universities ranging from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia University to the University of North Carolina and Purdue University." Reuters covers the broad support among institutions and educators for "Turning the Tide," MCC's new report on the college admissions process.