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How the College Admissions Scandal Runs Deeper into America's High Schools


Autumn Arnett, author of Let's Stop Calling It an Achievement Gap: How Public Education in the United States Maintains Disparate Educational Experiences for Students of Color  (Information Age Pub Inc, 2019), Libby Nelson, news editor at Vox.com and former education reporter, and Ed Boland, former executive at Prep for Prep, former admissions officer at Fordham and Yale, and the author of The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School (Grand Central Publishing, 2016), explain how the college admissions scandal extends deeper in to America's high schools and the dual education system that hurts poor students of color.

"Colleges have lower academic standards for athletes… because having competitive teams is good for their branding. If colleges were thinking just about what is the best education environment for our students, it wouldn’t matter if you had a fake athletic record," @libbyanelson.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 15, 2019

"So much relies on the kind of a high school a student attends. Let’s look at the public school where I taught, which didn’t have a library, versus some of the preparatory schools where they have planetariums and golf courses and offer 10 languages," says @edboland.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 15, 2019

"A lot of people across the country have lost faith in higher education and I don’t think it’s based on this conversation, I think it’s more of a workforce conversation," says @A2Arnett.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 15, 2019


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