MTC’s first annual Virtual College Fair is Thursday, October 26th! Student registration opens in early October for members.
A few weeks back Nancy spent an hour with me talking through her experience pushing progressive change in schools. We covered a great deal in our conversation about MTC, but a story she shared with me from her time teaching at Phillips Academy was particularly revealing. While chatting with a colleague about the college admissions process for students at PA, the colleague shared his belief with her that “by senior year, the table is already built. You are simply trying to varnish it and make it pretty.”
This pragmatic observation about the world of college admissions struck Nancy “as a sad way to navigate your senior year.”
When talking about the MTC’s goal of designing a mastery transcript to change the college admissions landscape for the betterment of students, Nancy was quick to point out the college admissions game is not new. It is, however, “worse today than it has ever been.”
Nancy believes that many independent school kids are even “more susceptible to getting sucked into the dispiriting nature of the system we have created.”
Given her own experience with a disruptive change in education, Nancy has some advice for the MTC:
Nancy also cautioned about the challenges that lie ahead — the naysayers, the critics and even the early adopters who get cold feet — but stressed that this is important work that needs to get done. “Find a compelling way to tell your story and make it clear why this matters,” she advised. “Listen to the schools looking to join to understand how deep their level of commitment truly goes.”