From the NY Post:
Accepted to Harvard? Shhh, don’t tell anyone! In an attempt to ease the blow of a student’s first big rejection, New York prep schools are instituting dress codes and Facebook guidelines barring excited seniors from broadcasting their acceptance to top-tier colleges because it would hurt their classmates’ feelings. At the hyper-competitive Horace Mann School, students are not permitted to wear college apparel, including status Ivy League sweatshirts, on campus until after May 1, when most students have settled on what school they’ll attend.And at the Packer Collegiate Institute, students are instructed not to update Facebook with university news until after school lets out. “It can be bad and it can get weird,” said Darby McHugh, college coordinator at Bronx HS of Science. “We send a notice out to all faculty telling them, ‘Please don’t congratulate students in public, no high fives, no hugging, and please be sensitive so that if you see someone crying, you refer them to the college-adviser office immediately.”
What our wise school administrations seem to not understand is that failure builds character better than anything else. Building fake self-esteem does nothing but create entitled victims. The things in life that actually make people dig deep and work hard are rejection, trial and error, and a desire to not get rejected again the next time.
I started seeing this my senior year in high school when in gym class after playing dodge ball, basketball, and anything where score was kept. We were not allowed to call ANYONE a loser. At my public school there were only winners, and 2nd place winners. Now look at what it has progressed to. You can't even celebrate one of the biggest accomplishments in an individual's life by wearing a shirt or updating your Facebook status. Pathetic.
Where have you guys seen the wussification of America happen? Seems like it's everywhere these days.
Exit Question: Was I hurting my friends feelings in high school when I wore a Dartmouth shirt and she wasn't accepted anywhere yet? I think I might have ruined her life and will to live that day.