Wednesday, March 29, 2006

On What Occasions Do You Lie?

I work in college admissions, and we often encounter over-zealous parents wanting to register their "brilliant" 7th or 8th graders in a college level course. Granted, some of these kids may be very intelligent, but the college has a policy for these kind of situations and its that the student has to have at least completed 9th grade plus acceptable scores on an assessment test before they can enroll in any college level courses. A child prodigy may possess all the necessary smarts to ace an English Lit class, for example - but likely wouldn't be on the same level socially and at a disadvantage if doing a group assignment. Besides, who wants to be in a class with 6th & 7th graders when you're in college?

Long story short, today I had a situation with a boy who, as it turned out was only in 7th grade, but so desperate was the mother to enroll him in a college math class - that she lied about his age.

When the lie was uncovered it was uncomfortable and embarrassing all around, but mainly for the boy, who seemed mortified at his mother.

I'm sure the mother felt her lie was justified for the good of her son - but a lie is still a lie.

On what occasions do you lie?

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