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Edward Wiest
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Advocate and ADR professional, both as attorney and father of three!
Advocate and ADR professional, both as attorney and father of three!

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Great news for my hometown (#MedfordMA)  and my son's school!

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The alumna (CW '75) with whom I partner discovered this 1933 image at a thrift shop in Somerville, MA. Don't ask me how it got there. . .
A superior (or at least hand-colored) copy of the same item can be found in the University Archives (link: http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/d/archives/20081210025 )
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For what it's worth--this is what Harvard Yard looked like yesterday. Now I can tell the kids what it looked like in 1978 even though I can't find my photos from that blizzard!
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Food for thought--even for a parent by choice at a high expecttions, "no excuses" school . . .

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Is Seth's advice just as applicable to young lawyers? 

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As the (proud) holder of some fancy degrees, I can speak from experience that this phenomenon is real. HT:@JeremyKissel via Twitter

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Been there, do(ne) that (part-time of record) and wondering how far The Times is ahead of the curve. . .

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Observations of an long-time alumni interviewer for one of the institutions named in my profile here:
1. After I submitted five applications (a lot for those days) on a manual typewriter in the age of Nixon--without giving much thought as to which schools were the best matches with anything other than my test scores and class rank--the fact that I ended up at the undergraduate school at which, with 20/20 hindsight, I was better off than any of my other "selections" from the start was pure dumb luck. In my view, the Common Application with its technology permitting a candidate to put him or herself before 10+ schools with no assurance he or she gave any more real consideration to why they wanted to go to a particular school besides reputation, location, relative size and "admissibility" than I did, is one of the worst ideas today's technology ever abetted.

2. Money quote: "[M]any colleges have begun emphasizing 'demonstrated interest'--tiny but telling indications of how badly students want to attend." Pro tip: as an alumni interviewer (and at most competitive schools, the Common Application-driven numbers mean that the only interview will be an alumni interview), my reports always note if I learned whether a candidate has (or has not) visited the campus. I'm sure I'm not the only person in such a position to do so.

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As a parent (by choice) at a school which often seems driven by testing metrics--and which has been applauded for its success while doing so--I find (as I often do) +John Merrow 's observations about the effectiveness and importance of a project based approach to teaching to be worth pondering.  How does a school find the right balance?  

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Note the comment (from a graduate of the Law School)
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