Swagville

Crabby hates clutter... [the King gestures to the window]                                                                                              … Continue reading Swagville

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Crabby wonders about form and substance...The more I think about college access and success for underserved students, the more I find myself reading and thinking about primary and secondary education as well. Too often, I've found, even students at the top of their classes struggle to write a decent essay for an application--not understanding how … Continue reading What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Crabby makes a few end of summer suggestions...Who knew that a movie made in 1989 with the flimsiest story and oldest high school students you can imagine would strike so closely at the absurdities of the college admission process? For a 90 minute primer on the various indignities of the process from students' and admission … Continue reading From the Ridiculous to the Sublime

Having a Voice is an American Dream

Crabby hears rain on the parade... Yesterday Crabby met with a group of high school students he's been working with on college options for a while. Several of the seniors shared their acceptances and we cheered them. Crabby turned to the younger students, especially the juniors, and asked how they were doing. Shoulders were shrugged and eyes … Continue reading Having a Voice is an American Dream

The Underside of College LIfe

I tend to idealize my own college experience, which I suppose everyone does after a certain age or even before. When I talk to my low-income first generation-college students I probably idealize college even more. Even so, I know I went to learn things and not for the parties or simply to make "contacts," which … Continue reading The Underside of College LIfe