Are you in favour of more community service while de-emphasizing entrance exams?


The college admission process is invariably apprehensive, often inequitable and may well reward the wrong values, not to mention some educators believe it has created a generation of sleep-deprived students and an arms race amongst universities.

Quite recently, it is argued that students should be doing more community service to pile up on their admission chance while making the entrance exams less a worrisome element. Yale, for instance, has already announced plans to add a new application essay on a student’s “engagement” in the community. Harvard is another example where new policies would be trying to promote more community service, level the admissions field, and make the process less stressful. Who doesn’t want a kinder, gentler, fairer admissions process?

One of the fundamental sources of high school anxiety might be the preparation for certain entrance requirement tests, such as the SAT or the ACT in the US, and recently in some top colleges in the UK, like at Oxbridge, and certainly in other countries as well.

When it comes to entrance tests, the system can be perceived most tilted in favor of elite families. Lower-income schools, however, usually don’t consider playing the test-prep game. Adding some extra community service component might be a good match especially for students who are eager to participate in sports and even those who need part-time job.

Is an admission process with higher emphasise on community service more meaningful? Or, does this mean, now in addition to being a top notch scholar, you must be Mother Teresa as well?

(The facts presented regarding Yale and Harvard have been gathered from Sunday Review- the New York Times.)