Education: A Good Man Is Best to Find

"Ultimate performance in society"—not just brains and grades—should be the admissions criterion of top colleges, says Headmaster Leslie R. Severinghaus of the Haverford School near Philadelphia. In the Journal of the Association of College Admissions Counselors, he warns against the "highly intelligent, aggressive, personally ambitious, and socially indifferent and unconcerned egotist." Because these self-centered bright students have "little to offer, either now or later,'' colleges should be ready to welcome other good qualities. "Who says that brains and motivated performance represent the dimensions of excellence? Is not social concern a facet of excellence? Is it not exciting to find a candidate...

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