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The Bookshelf: Jan. 22, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be.

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

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WHERE YOU GO IS NOT WHO YOU'LL BE: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

by Frank Bruni

New York Times op-ed columnist Bruni shows why rejection by an Ivy League college need not be a disaster and may even be a blessing. The author attributes the frenzy attached to college admission to the emphasis on branding and privilege, which increasingly characterize our society as the income gap widens. All too often, admission to a top college becomes a goal in itself while the quality of a well-rounded education takes second place. There are many hurdles to be overcome, beginning as early as preschool … Getting an education off the charted path can be a life-changing experience. Forced out of their comfort zones, students may become more self-reliant, more flexible and able to succeed, and they may get a better education to boot … Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions.

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