George Will devoted his Sunday column to Andrew Ferguson's latest book, Crazy U: One Dad's Crash Course in Getting His Kid Into College:
For many families, this is March madness — the moment of high anxiety concerning higher education as many colleges announce their admittance decisions. It is the culmination of a protracted mating dance between selective institutions and anxious students. Part agony, part situation comedy, it has provoked Andrew Fergusonto write a laugh-until-your-ribs-squeak book — “Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course in Getting His Kid into College.”
Ferguson’s whimsy is, however, finite. He becomes serious — and seriously informative — concerning the spiraling costs of college:
It is, he says, nice to know there is $143 billion for student aid — but worrisome that $143 billion is needed. His history of the SAT confirms the assessment that it is “impossible to find a measure of academic achievement that is unrelated to family income.” It has been well-observed that America’s least diverse classes are SAT prep classes.