Calculator Alert!

Be sure you have the right calculator for test day! Last week one of our Foley Prepsters had his calculator confiscated at the ACT site. This was very jarring for him, as it was allowed Casio calculator that he had used twice before on the ACT. If your child is not using the ultra-common, permitted TI 83, or 84 calculators, please go to the following links to print out the permitted calculator information - and BRING THE PRINTOUT ON TEST DAY!

SAT - College Board Permitted Calculators

ACT Permitted Calculators

Note: We advise students taking mock tests at Foley Prep to bring the calculator with which they are most comfortable. We do not enforce the ACT and SAT calculator policies in our mock tests.

      In the mail...   This book looks like it discusses so much of what concerns me. I've been involved at just about every level of education for almost 3 decades. I'll write more after I've read it. From the Amazon description:  "Something has been going wrong on many college campuses in the last few years. Speakers are shouted down. Students and professors say they are walking on eggshells and are afraid to speak honestly. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are rising—on campus as well as nationally. How did this happen?  First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education: What doesn’t kill you makes you weaker; always trust your feelings; and life is a battle between good people and evil people. These three Great Untruths contradict basic psychological principles about well-being and ancient wisdom from many cultures. Embracing these untruths—and the resulting culture of safetyism—interferes with young people’s social, emotional, and intellectual development. It makes it harder for them to become autonomous adults who are able to navigate the bumpy road of life.  Lukianoff and Haidt investigate the many social trends that have intersected to promote the spread of these untruths. They explore changes in childhood such as the rise of fearful parenting, the decline of unsupervised, child-directed play, and the new world of social media that has engulfed teenagers in the last decade. They examine changes on campus, including the corporatization of universities and the emergence of new ideas about identity and justice. They situate the conflicts on campus within the context of America’s rapidly rising political polarization and dysfunction.  This is a book for anyone who is confused by what is happening on college campuses today, or has children, or is concerned about the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines."

I’ve been involved in education at many levels for almost 3 decades and this book seems like it hits on much of what concerns me. It’s in the mail and arrives Friday. I’ll write more after I’ve read it.

It’s #12 on all of Amazon as I write, with positive comments from everyone from Niall Ferguson to Michael Bloomberg to Cornel West. I’ll be looking out for for Greg and Jon on their book tour. Want to come?

Class Action against the College Board's reuse of the SAT in August

Class Action against the College Board's reuse of the SAT in August

Readers of the Foley Prep newsletter knew within 24 hours that last week’s SAT had recycled test questions. Now the College Board is facing a class action suit from aggrieved test-takers. Read this post for advice about what to do, and how to plan for the SAT and ACT going forward.