The Real Education Crisis

Page Six goes where the Ideas Festival dares not tread declining attainment for America's wealthiest children: "In the past, it wasn’t unusual for as many as seven students to be accepted through early admission to the top Ivy League institution, says a guidance counselor there. But for the first time in memory, inside sources say, no Dalton students will be shipping off to Harvard come fall. And some parents—who shell out $31,200 a year for their kids’ private school education—are pissed."

I believe I was actually one of eight members of the Dalton Class of 1999 who wound up in the Harvard Class of 2003. Apparently fairness is to blame for causing the problem:

As a result, it seems private schools are feeling the heat more than their public counterparts. “The Ivies are reaching out for a diverse economic background—even home-schooled students are becoming more of a thing,” says one guidance counselor at a private school in Manhattan. “They are interested in first-generation college kids, and few privates have that. The Ivies are still good to legacies [children of alumni] if their alums have been good to them. But it’s getting harder for private school students because it’s getting fairer for the rest of the world.”

Tragic. Kevin Carey has more.