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The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite

reviewed by Fred Jacobs - 2004

coverTitle: The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite
Author(s): Christopher Avery, Andrew Fairbanks & Richard Zeckhauser
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674010558, Pages: 377, Year: 2003
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Recently, the state of Maryland increased the minimum age for obtaining a driver's license from sixteen to eighteen. This was advocated as a matter of public safety since a disproportional number of auto accidents and fatalities involved sixteen to twenty year olds. While the overall effect of this change has been positive, with a decline in the number of accidents and deaths, some teens have lamented the lost opportunity to get behind the wheel-and take off. They argue that the change in minimum age adds to the general emotional and psychological pressures they face, and delays their transition to adulthood.   Certainly, teenagers face varied pressures as they move toward independent lives, including uncertainties about professional choices, economic prospects, education beyond secondary school, and rapid social change. For most high school students, the age change from sixteen to eighteen moves the angst associated with that rite of passage (Will I pass the test? Will I have my own car? Will I be able to afford its... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 280-283
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11181, Date Accessed: 8/2/2021 11:26:55 AM

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  • Fred Jacobs
    American University
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    Frederic Jacobs is a professor of education at American University, Washington DC. Professor Jacobs was an administrator and faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY before joining American University as Dean of Faculties in 1985. Since 1993, he has been a full time member of the faculty, and serves as Director of the Ph.D. program. His current research focuses on adult literacy and adult participation in postsecondary education.
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