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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!


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?
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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