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March 25, 2014

Letter: The College Board is afraid of dying

To the editor:

David Coleman and the American education mafia did something good, if you’ve recently purchased College Board stock, that is. In a day when educators, students and parents are turning their back on the great American tradition of the SAT, the brilliant team at the College Board is repositioning its darling Scholastic Aptitude Test to look fresh and relevant.

What are they doing? The geniuses are creating a fantastic ruse of changes — well, tweaks. Oh, and they’ve thrown out the essay, because who needs to be literate anyway? So, shareholders, be proud. Your stocks will certainly be on the rise now that SAT 2.0 is in the works. Or should they call it the SAT Air for its sleek new appearance?

The College Board is basically a two-trick pony. It creates the SAT and presides over the nation’s Advanced Placement courses, but that’s about the end of its usefulness. Well, to be fair, the College Board is doing its part to halt income inequality as well; it’s been smacking students with exorbitant fees for years in order that they might be able to take out a loan to send their scores to colleges. Take that 1 percent! Sure, the Board has a nifty website with nice pictures showing how much students love to wear backpacks and take standardized tests with their incredibly diverse group of pals. But what else does it do?

Maybe Coleman’s Crew (as they will be named in the soon to be announced College Board hip

David Coleman and the American education mafia did something good, if you’ve recently purchased College Board stock that is. In a day when educators, students and parents are turning their back on the great American tradition of the SAT, the brilliant team at the College Board is repositioning its darling Scholastic Aptitude Test to look fresh and relevant. What are they doing? The geniuses are creating a fantastic ruse of changes . . . well, tweaks. Oh, and they’ve thrown out the essay, because who needs to be literate anyway? So, shareholders be proud. Your stocks will certainly be on the rise now that SAT 2.0 is in the works. Or should they call it the SAT Air for its sleek new appearance?

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