MIT Dean of Admissions Marilee Jones resigned after acknowledging fabricating her academic credentials when applying for an administrative assistant position in the seventies. Despite this, her advice on how the parents of high school juniors and seniors can reduce stress in the college admissions process is still spot on. Despite her resignation, every parent of a high school junior or senior should buy her book today.
I was lucky enough to receive Ms. Jones’s advice when she spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at our Boston area high school. For those not so lucky, you can obtain the advice in her book, Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond, coauthored with pediatrician Kenneth R. Ginsburg.
Parents – and their children – will benefit from Jones’s advice for two reasons:
- Jones explains WHY current parents are so hyper about the admissions process (mostly due to the fact that we parents are from the generation which mistakenly believes we can accomplish anything!)
- And Jones gives practical advice on HOW each parent can reduce their child’s stress in the admission process, including actions that can be easily implement right away.
I’m pleased to hear that her publisher stands behind the book. According to numerous published reports, MIT administrators who worked with Jones for the last 28 years are praising all she achieved while there. The advice in her book is based on these 28 years of achievements, not on an academic degree she did not obtain back in the Vietnam War era.
If Jones’s resignation causes you as a parent to not seek her advice you’ll be throwing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. And your baby – your high schooler – will be the loser. Despite Jones’s resignation, buy the book.