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REPOST:  Bad Counselor Letter of Recommendation

REPOST: Bad Counselor Letter of Recommendation

We saw this on the internet and thought we would share it with you – Enjoy

You can find the original article here.

Bad Counselor Letter of Recommendation | August 18



… The vast majority of teachers and school counselors don’t want to devote a good portion of their summer months to writing letters of recommendation for their students. It’s tiresome. It’s boring. It’s unpaid work and, often times, the students aren’t even appreciative …

Why is this important? Well, it’s a student’s best shot of getting great information in these letters of recommendation as — quite often — teachers and counselors will just click copy and then click paste. In our years of experience, we find this happens the vast majority of the time. Humans like shortcuts. It’s not unethical. It’s just helpful. And it’s smart. So, today, when we came across a news story in which a family (the mother, interestingly, is a school board vice president) is suing a San Diego school district because a school counselor’s letter of recommendation “willfully damaged” the student’s admissions chances, all we could think about was how the parents clearly don’t read our college admissions blog. After all, this isn’t the first time we’ve offered advice on teacher and counselor letters of recommendation!

According to an article on the bad counselor letter of recommendation in “UT San Diego,” “The complaint accuses the head counselor at the School of Creative and Performing Arts of submitting the Universal College Application, known as the Common App, an an evaluation of the student that was ‘inaccurate, willfully damaging, unprofessional and ultimately violated (the student’s) civil rights and (San Diego Unified) standards.’…[Marne] Foster, [the parent and school board vice president], reportedly requested a copy of the confidential evaluation after learning that her son’s longtime counselor was excluded from writing the assessment.”

Scary stuff!  This is why we recommend using our activity sheet to help guide the recommendation writer in the right direction.  Without guidance – you are leaving yourself completely in their hands. Sometimes this works out well – but why leave it to chance?

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