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Do Bad Teachers Make Good Essays?

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My son is applying to some high-level schools even though his grades don't reflect his intelligence. He came across a few teachers that were not kind to him during his high school years, and that hurt his GPA. I am encouraging him to discuss this as his essay topic so the schools will know it was the teachers' fault that he didn't get a high enough GPA. He wants to write about the lessons about life he learned from getting a serious illness as a child and overcoming that. I think the grade discussion is more important in the essay. What should we do?

No, no, a thousand times no! (I've probably said this nearly a thousand times myself and only recently learned that it harks back to a Betty Boop movie from nearly a century ago.) But fun facts aside, “The Dean" is adamant that your son not write his college essay about his troubles with teachers and their impact on his GPA.

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