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Hello dear readers! I know many of you voted for me to travel to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, but unfortunately finances are tight and airfare there too expensive. So, in a week, I'll return to my beloved Maine and go on another road journey to New England. During the trip, I plan on meeting with Samantha Smith's mother in Boothbay Harbor. What questions do you want me to ask her?

I've had no time for the blog recently due to a hectic work and life schedule. :(  However, next week I'll show you "good Russia," with stories about Kazan and Ples from the winter journey. In the meantime, please let me know what questions you have for Samantha's mom. I'm happy I can finally leave the office for a week, meet with her, and relax in the beautiful surroundings of cozy New England. Does the younger generation in Russia know about Samantha's legacy? How do they learn about her? Or, is she mostly known to those who grew up during the Soviet period? I think her mother will be interested in knowing these facts. :) Have a nice weekend!

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peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 07:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it's always interesting to hear your views. :) About education, yes it's a big business and not only tuition for schools, but also all the prep tests involved (like the LSAT for law school, GMAT for grad school, etc.). Plus, many people take courses to prepare for these tests. All of it is very, very expensive unless you get a scholarship or grant, or have rich parents to pay for everything. Most people are not born with this luxury.
pin_gwin
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:01 pm (UTC)
In the morning today I watched CollegeBoard briefing reporting that some leading U's are drafting the plans to abandon SAT/ACT.... to provide the way for even bigger diversity and considering what family income level is. I feel my 14 years daughter, going 1-2 years above age all AP classes with an excellent grades has no chances there and condemned to go to local state U. She is not diverse and poor enough. I am very skeptical on how their acceptance work. The only good news is that it would be definitely easier for my wallet.
peacetraveler22
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's true. Just this week, one of the most prestigious universities - George Washington University - made the announcement students no longer have to take these placement tests for admissions. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2015/07/27/george-washington-university-applicants-no-longer-need-to-take-admissions-tests/. You think this is good or bad?
pin_gwin
Jul. 31st, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
Value failure detected :)
I can have an opinion on that only if I would understand the whole process and matrix of decision making of the acceptance. The tests may not have a big weight there even before elimination. The process never was disclosed, and having good grades and test scores only get you in state universities for sure, otherwise it's a lottery. Also, inheritance acceptance should be thrown away. I could not understand why some high rank politician, graduated from Yale automatically paves the road for his average grade son? But it's official. And where are all these equal opportunities?

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