Worcester [Polytechnic Institute], which this spring let in 42 percent of applicants, is one of the many colleges that no longer requires SAT or ACT scores, a decision in 2007 that was surprising given the school’s science and engineering focus. But Worcester puts its students through a project-based curriculum for four years, and to succeed in such an environment, Palumbo said, applicants must demonstrate that once on campus they can apply skills that “standardized tests don’t measure very well, if at all”—the ability to work in teams, communicate, and solve problems on the fly, for example.
You know how kids GET those skills? It’s by organizing their own games.
Team sports give them some of this. But making their OWN fun builds those skills even more, because adults aren’t there making the hard decisions, or even bringing their experience to bear.
Give kids time to play. Call it, in your mind, what it really is: College readiness. – L