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.



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Clair Whitmer

Writer, parent, voter, small business person and vocal supporter of the maker movement. She lives in Vallejo, CA.