Amazing!! The college admissions is no longer about finding the right education but about gamesmanship, betting the odds (early v. regular decision), finding the angles (hooks), reading the racing forms (college ratings). For the right fee one can even hire their very own ‘Jimmy the Greeek” college counselor that will have the “inside scoop” on how to get in. Just like horse-racing, the college admissions sports its own “trainers” who for a fee will get the student into current form by making sure he or she has all the right stuff, extra-currics, volunteer work, SAT scores, interview skills, essay writing, you name it. And then there’s your child and mine who has lived a life at home for 17 or so years and if it weren’t for Mom and Dad wouldn’t know the difference between Harvard and a baked potato. Fueled by this college craze, parents forget that their mission in life shoudn’t be to get their kids into an “Ivy” but to help them find their own best inner music. For some that may be Harvard or Yale or some other prestigious institution. But for many, if given a fair chance, a kid will fall in love with a college that speaks to him or her not because of its prestige but for reasons that we parents may fail to comprehend or may not even agree with. For those kids, ED makes perfect sense not to game the system but simply to go to the college they love. Is there something wrong with that?
Religious communities are targets, as well as consumers, of surveillance. This may occur as the securitization of religious identity. Cultures of surveillance develop with societies where religion remains a significant player and/or where religious themes continue to influence as part of the broader heritage. Political rhetoric may draw upon concepts of the eye of God, popular culture may appeal to fears and/or reassurances of a divine and omnipresent gaze. Religious traditions also have the potential to contribute to discussions of the ethics of surveillance, whether in the realm of national security, human rights, trust, privacy or human flourishing in general.
We know you may find it difficult, but we suggest focusing on the positive – the odds are good your dreams will come true.