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The Unveiling of the Educational Meritocracy

As the saying goes, “For every system, there is a counter system.” And, the recent Federal indictments of 50 individuals only becomes the latest example of an educational counter-system. College coaches, athletic department administrators, parents, and Rick Singer, the independent college admissions consultant, collectively found a way around the admissions office, the “front door” of …

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Senioritis Defined: When is school going to be over??!!!

From Sidney, a Class of 2019 Senior, over a series of text messages: Yep, I’m Squidward banging on the window on when school is over. And, Patrick is my [AP] teachers speaking to the class. In a monotone voice that makes all the seniors bored and sleepy. Also, Squidward is the representation of how seniors …

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Grade Inflation Exposed

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I often listen to students’ and parents’ worries about high school grades that are any other letter but an A. The A grade has become synonymous with “smart”, “the key to college acceptances” and “bragging rights”.  But, in the quest to “achieve”, often the confidence in knowing oneself and one’s strengths, so as to boldly …

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What Happens When Children Mimic Adults Too Soon

Never has a day dulled, remembering the joy of being a child. Related PostsIMAGINE and Then RE-IMAGINE Financial Aid Myths: Fact & Fiction “Talk With Your Teacher”: Not Always a Simple Task Creativemarbles.com Helps with Your Spanish Homework Scantron Nightmares

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The Latest Iteration of Innovation for the High School Junior

Not every 16 year old (an American equivalent of a high school junior), both internationally and in the United States, has the same college planning needs.  So, at Creative Marbles, we offer three different levels of support to assist families who are seeking individualized college admissions plans, in the year before most students submit undergraduate …

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College Admissions: Controlled Chaos

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How college applicants view college admissions officers   And, how college applicants view themselves: Then, how parents of college applicants feel: For all, Sir Winston Churchill offers sage advice: ‘Cuz in the end:   Related PostsRising Seniors: Talk is Cheap Are You Ready for the SAT and ACT? The Many Meanings of “I Don’t Know” …

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Denied and Qualified

When the #1,256 ranked student at your high school gets into a highly selective university and you don’t: Related PostsGreek Life: One Perspective on College Fraternities & Sororities “How Do I Select Colleges for Application If I Don’t Know My Major?” To Seek Early Admissions Or Not, That Is The Question Economic Recovery? Study Abroad: …

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Homework Blues

Presented for parents who contend daily, sometimes through a full 12 rounds, with their teenagers about their homework assignments:  Published May 13, 2015 Related Posts21st Century Learning in a Globally Connected “Classroom” What Does College Tuition Really Buy? Ahead of the Curve: May 3, 2014 Ahead of the Curve: All About Financing A College Education The …

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Summer Is Not a Time For Slacking Off or Is It?

Parents often wonder how kids can use summers to stay competitive for college admissions, and at the very least, not lose all their academic knowledge from the previous school year. On the other hand, kids are planning how late into the afternoon they’ll be able to sleep, how many Call of Duty levels they’ll be …

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Thinking of Others + Ingenuity + Space = Innovation

A teacher colleague once described middle school students as, “Hormones with feet.”  These middle schoolers break the stereotype.  And, at the same time, the ‘tween girls earned Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge top award of $15,000, plus technical support to bring their invention to life. Don’t underestimate the power of youth.   Related PostsThe Soul Connection …