"What matters in terms of career success and lifetime success is not what college you go to but whether you are meaningfully engaged," says Rick Weissbourd in the new Harvard EdCast on ethics and college admissions.Read More
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In this piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard brings attention to the many ways that parents can become over-involved in the college admissions process.Read More
Scott Mautz adapts Making Caring Common’s tips for helping parents raise kind kids for Inc..Read More
“I worry that this story is so egregious and bad that parents won’t see themselves in it.” -Rick Weissbourd on the recent college admissions scandal. Read the full piece by Caitlin Gibson and Ellen McCarthy in The Washington Post.Read More
Making Caring Common’s new report on college admissions gets a shout-out in this conversation between Here & Now's Robin Young and Washington Post reporter Caitlin Gibson.Read More
Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard discusses our new report on college admissions with Sue O’Connell on NECN’s The Take.Read More
Jenny Rickard, President and CEO of the Common Application, and Eric Waldo, Executive Director of Reach Higher, write about how to make the college admissions process work for all students. They also mention our recent report: “Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education’s Turning the Tide Campaign is a great example of an effort to help underrepresented and low-income students see themselves in a college environment while encouraging university admissions professionals to consider a broader set of experiences when evaluating applicants. Their report suggests reshaping the college admissions process to promote greater ethical engagement and reduce excessive achievement pressure.”Read More
In this second of two pieces for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard brings a voice of reason to college admissions.Read More
“I would argue that admission to any one school or any tier of schools is not worth jeopardizing a young person’s emotional or physical well-being.” -Brennan Barnard in America Magazine
Read the full piece by Bill McGarvey.Read More
HGSE’s Usable Knowledge shares our advice for educators for promoting ethical character and reducing achievement-related stress in the college admissions process.Read More
"This is a real time to be a moral mentor for your kids and model how not to do those things, to send a message to your kids that you can't just do what's convenient or what serves your interest. You've got to think of the collective good and think about fairness." -Rick Weissbourd in U.S. News & World Report.Read More
“This is like an arms race, and people keep ratcheting each other up. It fuels the constant competition that a lot of parents feel in this process, and it lowers the bar for unethical behavior. If you’re a parent who is just helping a kid on an essay too much, which is not a good thing to do, you might feel like, ‘Well, compared to these other parents, what I do is really benign.’” Making Caring Common’s Rick Weissbourd spoke with Caitlin Gibson about parenting and college admissions. Read the full piece in The Washington Post.Read More
In this first of two piece for Forbes, Making Caring Common’s Brennan Barnard brings a voice of reason to college admissions.Read More
Rick Weissbourd spoke with Jennifer Graham about the college admissions scandal and our new report:
“The scandal is mind-bogglingly immoral and dumb from my perspective. And it’s not really the problem. It’s a problem in the sense that it’s an awful thing, but (what the indicted parents did) is not common. What we’re writing about (in the report) is very common forms of behaviors, things that parents do that cross a line.”
Read more in Deseret News.Read More
Jenny Anderson spoke with Making Caring Common’s Rick Weissbourd about the recent college admissions scandal: “‘I fear that parents won’t see themselves in this,’” he says. Of course, the alleged bribery ring was both illegal and ‘mind-bogglingly unethical and dumb.’ But the lack of consciousness about equity? He argues that’s way more common. Helping kids write their college essays, allowing them to fudge their extracurriculars or volunteering, hiring high-priced tutors to help with the applications? ‘It gives their kids unfair advantages.’” Read the full piece in Quartz.Read More
“Is there is a way to get through the college admissions process in a sane and healthy way?
It's possible, says psychologist Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard University Graduate School of Education professor and the faculty director for its Making Caring Common Project. But here's the catch: Parents must be willing to do some work of their own — and he doesn't mean researching colleges for their children or emailing admissions officers on their behalf.
Instead, in Making Caring Common's recently-released ‘Turning the Tide II’ report, Weissbourd and his colleagues recommend prioritizing concern for others instead of amassing personal accolades for the purpose of gaining entrance to an elite university.”
Read the full piece in TODAY.Read More
Rick Weissbourd joined the discussion of college admissions and ethical engagement on WSHU.Read More
Catherine Gewertz writes in Education Week about the newly-released Deans Commitment Letter in which more than 140 colleges and universities committed to reducing excessive achievement pressure in admissions and promoting ethical character among parents and students.Read More
Lindsay Ellis asked admissions deans about the bribery scandal. MIT’s Stuart Schmill, a Turning the Tide endorser, highlighted Making Caring Common’s work on college admissions. Read the full piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education.Read More