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suppressedID November 14th, 2014 11:31pm

Examining the concept of an elite school: Are those students more than just smart, they are driven. Therefore, over time the institution self-selects and becomes more rigorous. OR does the money involved just buy a higher level of education?

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RoDe Latinus wordsus
11/15/14 8:39 am

I went to an elite old school, it was founded in 1645(oldest private school in North America). It's a combination of the two, by being an elite school they are able to attract very intelligent students, and very wealthy students. The smart students

RoDe Latinus wordsus
11/15/14 8:41 am

got 1600's on their SAT's, keeping us high in the school rankings. The wealthy students(worse academically) donated to the endowment which provided for the facilities and low student to teacher ratio, which in turn improves everyone's grades.

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
11/14/14 7:18 pm

Evolved....there are a lot of pricey schools that are marginal.

catpillow Florida West Coast
11/14/14 7:09 pm

In all fairness, they do attract very good faculties.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
11/14/14 7:03 pm

I still think it is the contacts they make, and the lifetime of networking that follows it. There just isn't that much difference in the education provided or the quality of the graduate, if any.

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
11/14/14 5:32 pm

There are schools of vastly different quality that cost roughly the same. Prestigious schools gain their prestige more from the rigor of their academic culture than from their cost. If not, equivalently priced schools would be equivalently reputed.

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
11/14/14 5:37 pm

As such, the cost of a school can not be assumed to represent their academic prestige. Eg. the most prestigious architecture school in the country was free until this year (administrative financial mismanagement... grumble grumble).

arctostaphylos Ankh Morpork, New York
11/14/14 5:40 pm

But also as such, the schools that have a reputation for academic excellence have typically earned it through... academic excellence. There's always lazy rich kids just buying a name brand degree, but the brand would fail if they were the majority.

zuko on deck
11/15/14 6:52 am

I was going to make a comment along the lines of your last sentence. Your statement is so good, I'll just agree!

jvc1133 61535
11/14/14 5:20 pm

I don't know poor public educated.

MadCow True GOP
11/14/14 5:10 pm

You need to buy better teachers to keep up with the brainiacs. Those aren't part-time community college profs.

drunk ill be Bach
11/14/14 4:54 pm

It's no different than paying $80 for a pair of designer jeans instead of $9 for a similar pair at Walmart. You're paying for the brand logo, nothing more.

eLucidate writing
11/14/14 4:35 pm

The very best students at a top-tier school are likely very driven, and that affects what it means to be an average student there. So even the coasters, whose parents buy them an education, benefit from that environment and become better.