The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Marilee Jones. She gets the award for the following.
Marilee Jones, a prominent crusader against the pressure on students to build their resumes for elite colleges, resigned yesterday as dean of admissions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after acknowledging she had misrepresented her academic credentials.What is it called when you don't practice what you preach? Hypocrisy. Dean Jones gives us an excellent example of it and for that she is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
Jones has been a popular speaker on the college-admissions circuit, urging parents not to press their kids too hard, and has told students there are more important things than getting into the most prestigious colleges. She rewrote MIT's application to get students to reveal more about their personalities and passions and to de-emphasize lists of their accomplishments.
But Jones, dean since 1997, issued a statement saying she had misrepresented her credentials when she came to work at MIT 28 years ago and "did not have the courage to correct my r?sum? when I applied for my current job or at any time since."
MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay said in a telephone interview that another MIT dean had received a phone call questioning Jones's credentials, prompting an inquiry that took several days. It found that Jones had claimed to have degrees from Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College, but she had no degrees from any of those schools.
Jones had become one of the most public voices urging parents, students and especially colleges themselves to "lower the flame" surrounding college admissions.
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