This very well written book takes a look at American college admissions. The book's main thesis shows how the admissions scale is tilted in various small ways in favor of the already-wealthy. The subject matter is well researched and the writing is fluid and entertaining because each section of the book is illustrated with a case study. I enjoyed taking a peek inside a typical American college admissions office, but I wasn't terribly shocked by Paul Tough's conclusions. Given that private American universities need to take-in enough cash to meet payroll, is it really surprising that they select mostly wealthy applicants who can afford to pay full tuition? It's also not very shocking that students from academically disadvantaged backgrounds perform better in university when given extra tutoring by the universities. Still, Paul Tough keeps the book interesting by focusing on individual case studies.
Paul Tough is coming to Seattle's Town Hall on Oct. 4th.
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