The Absurdity of College Admissions

“The Roll-Up Racket”

by James Surowiecki (The New Yorker)

Few falls in business history have been as sudden and as steep as that of Michael Pearson, the C.E.O. of the drugmaker Valeant.

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“The Absurdity of College Admissions”

by Alia Wong (The Atlantic)

Right about now, anxious high-school seniors around the globe are obsessively checking their mailboxes, awaiting decision letters from the U.S.’s elite colleges. For all but a tiny handful of the hundreds of thousands of teenagers who applied — pouring countless hours into agonizing over forms, editing personal essays, sitting through standardized tests, and nervously monitoring their GPA — those letters won’t bear good news.

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