Why teenagers shouldn't trust adults, reason #2931: Elon College is proud, very proud. Why? Their press release states, "Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews names Elon #1 on his list of 'Colleges Worth Considering.'" To Elon's credit, they provide a link to the story. (Why go to the link, though, when Elon has so thoughtfully summarized the article?) But someone going to the story finds these statements by Mr. Mathews: "Based on this very informal and unscientific survey . . ." "This is, admittedly, a very fluid and idiosyncratic way to look at higher education." "I have ranked the 100 schools, but I would not put much stock in my order of merit. I did it mostly for fun."
Why couldn't the Elon PR person just have noted that Elon was mentioned on the list, without hyping the mostly phony "#1 ranking"?
Last on the educational tip, check out the WaPo's "Fast Times at Asakita High." "An American arrives at a Japanese high school eager to learn the secrets of a vaunted education system and gets a very different lesson instead."