Notes in the Margins: Chinese, Ronald Reagan and the British liberal arts

Seeking College Edge, Chinese Pupils Arrive in New York Earlier A growing number of teenagers from wealthy families in China are attending schools in New York City, seeking an advantage in admission to American universities. (The New York Times)

High School Senior Explains Why He Rejected Ivy League School For UVa In his essay, Kevin Cao says that he was disenchanted with Harvard after attending an admitted students event where he found the students and alumni to be “somewhat pretentious.” He also said he came to feel that the university put more resources into its graduate students than its undergraduate students. (The Huffington Post)

Ronald Reagan and the fall of UC How one Golden State icon helped tarnish another. Once upon a time, the University of California was a sacred trust, the top tier of a model educational system that helped lift the state to unprecedented prosperity. It was jealously protected from outside political interference. (Los Angeles Times)

In Britain, a Return to the Idea of the Liberal Arts Having been on a continual retreat from the Continent, a broad-based humanistic education is now making a comeback at some British universities. (The New York Times)

Sorry, College Grads, I Probably Won’t Hire You  If you grew up and went to school in the United States, you were educated in a system that has eight times as many high-school football teams as high schools that teach advanced placement computer-science classes. Things are hardly better in the universities. (The Wall Street Journal)