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The Teen Wire: The College Board Monopoly

Original post made by Daniel Morizono, San Ramon Valley High School, on Oct 21, 2009

Only a few blocks from Wall Street lies the home of an organization with a far-reaching grasp over high school students. At first glance, the building looks like an investment bank, or perhaps a corporate headquarters. But for college-bound students around the nation, 45 Columbus Ave. is the home of an all-too-familiar institution¯the College Board.

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Posted by Debra
a resident of Danville
on Oct 26, 2009 at 8:19 am

I also understand the function of the SAT/ ACT is to predict college success. It appears that these tests are no longer doing that for our new graduates. An unprecedented number of kids are dropping out of college because it is too difficult. It appears that the only thing good SAT/ACT scores are predicting is who can take a test, NOT who can THINK DEEPLY and who can apply the knowledge learned. See the movie RACE TO NOWHERE. Find out where it is being screened at

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Posted by Brittany
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm

All of the times that I have signed up for the SAT I have always gotten angry by the price. Considering how unorganized they often are, I know I am definitely not paying for just the product. It has always been so frustrating but now it's nice to see all of my frustrations put into words. Well done, Daniel!

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Posted by Guess who
a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:00 am

Stop your whining about tests. If you can't do good on the SAT I then your critical thinking skills are poor. All I ever hear is blaming of tests by largely minorities who say they either get too nervous or they're not being tested properly for their skills. Institutions like Berkeley entertain dropping good SAT scores as a requirement, and we wonder why the college dropout rate is through the roof. Shut up and get good grades or don't. Maybe find your way to carve your own niche. But stop demanding
that society figure everything out for specificproblems. This is not really directed at the
kid who wrote this article. It is towards the whiners I spoke of

I wonder how quickly this will be cut

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Posted by Sick of Rick
a resident of Blackhawk
on Oct 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Daniel, very nice article. Interesting stuff and well worth considering.

Rick (aka guess who) I thought in your last profanity and hate laced tirade you were leaving us forever. Guess your word isn't good for much of anything is it?

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Posted by Ryan
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Oct 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm

This is a potent observation, though the application of the word monopoly is a bit questionable. First of all, it is indeed a nonprofit organization; does such a word necessarily apply to such an entity? And secondly, the existence of monopolies is not a problem if they do indeed make our lives convenient. It is only when they act like monopolies do we have a problem (e.g. RxR price gouging).

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Posted by Gess Hoo
a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Guess Who, I hope your critical thinking skills are better than your spelling and grammar, which made your otherwise inane and boring comment the most ironic and entertaining one here.

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Posted by F*** all y'all
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2009 at 4:50 am

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