Were no fans of Laura Ingraham around here, but this so called advertiser attack on her right now is totally uncalled for (and, why of all things on this one issue?)
So is all of the “liberal” lip-smacking going on about her at the moment — which is also coming from people who have no idea what the real problem is with high school kids and their college applications.
Exactly what did Ingraham say that was wrong here?
This kid made a huge mistake in applying to the top four UC schools all at the same time, and as an out-of-state applicant (until about 20 years ago btw this was an impossible act to perform — you had one master UC application and then you ranked your choices in order).
He also applied to Cal Poly and Cal State San Marcos, which apparently both accepted him. What was wrong then with him also applying to UC Santa Cruz or Riverside as well, where he would have had a much better chance of getting in? His selection process made no sense.
Ingraham’s completely correct too about the virtual impossibility of anyone getting into the top UCs as a freshman with that “low” a GPA. And everyone else is leaving out the fact that Jerry Brown and the Legislature have for the last few years been pressuring the UCs to admit fewer out–of-state students in general. There was hell to pay a few years ago when news hit that one of Berkeley’s entering classes was composed of over 40 percent non-California students. Berkeley was blatantly discriminating against California students because of the substantially higher tuition they could get for outsiders.
Hogg’s application philosophy clearly made no sense. And Dems like Eric Boehlert haven’t a clue about what the real problem is when they post spurious accusations like the following:
In the old days, high-achieving students would apply to three or four selective colleges at most, always making sure that one of them was a “safe” choice. Now it’s no big deal for kids to apply to 20 or 30 at a time or more, which means that the most highly competitive colleges and universities are no longer getting 8,000 or 9,000 applications for their 2,000-place freshman class.
They’re getting 60,000 and 70,000, which means that no one’s gonna get in without a huge fight and a lot of manipulative political maneuvering on the part of the applicants. That’s not the schools’ fault. Many of these ambitious and aggressive kids and their parents are way overdoing it.