All Parents are Cheaters: We’re Cheating Our Kids of Choices

I raised my teens in Berkeley, CA where the locals say our single public high school is a gateway to Yale or Jail.

But shouldn’t there be other choices?

Berkeley High is disproportionately populated by the kids of college professors and I admit to getting caught up in the competition. I was an unrelenting promoter of the College Agenda, pushing both of mine across all the prescribed stepping stones: sports, clubs, service-learning summers overseas, AP classes, the requisite hours with the SAT coach.