From the current issue of 02138 Magazine [tagline: "The World of Harvard"], a cover feature [also on the cover: "The Harvard 100: The most influential alumni"] on getting your kid into Harvard:
...Such grueling competition isn't going away. In fact, as Harvard sees more applications from abroad, chances are it will only increase. What to do? Well, you could accept that there are many fine colleges. Or you could follow this child-rearing guide for the 02138 parent--and see if you have what it takes to raise a Harvard child.And what's the first thing they recommend for "Prenatal Prep"? [OK, technically it's the second. "Vegetarian-based algae-derived docosahexaenoic acid supplements" are the first.] That's right, the BabyPlus Prenatal Education System.
By contrasting the daily lessons and the mother's internal soundtrack (heartbeat, digestive groans, and other bodily functions), the fetus allegedly improves its auditory skills. "Postnatally, that's called learning," says Lisa Jarrett, founder of the Indianapolis company.Hmm, maybe at Yale.
Compared to the $10,000 preschool placement consultant and the $15,600 Galapagos Equator crossing party [essay fodder], the $149 BabyPlus just might be the most cost-effective application booster around. I heartily agree and encourage everyone to use it, especially if your kid is in the Class of 2022 or 2026. [For '22 kids, just wrap the BabyPlus around their head several hours/day. It's not too late to make a difference.]
And if you don't think the international competition is going to be fierce, you obviously haven't been up against a graduate of The MC Hammer School of English. [via boingboing]