Ap English Literature
5 October 2012
The Overachievers, Non-fiction
Alexandra Robbins, 2006
Brief Summary and Arrangement:
This non-fiction novel is categorized into seventeen clear straightforward parts: chapters one through seventeen.
Chapter 1: In the first chapter Robbins introduces the students she followed along with the overachiever culture that has rearranged high schools only purpose into getting students into the most prestigious Colleges and Universities rather than the school that would be the best fit for each student.
Chapter 2: Chapter two, Robbins explains the impact of Asian culture and expectations on Asian American students, especially where education is concerned. She also talks about how the problem of overachieving is universal across our entire country, not just in affluent areas or at well-known high schools.
Chapter 3: Chapter 3, details the impact of stress on adolescent health. We meet the world of professional college counselors whom parents hire to get their students into the college of choice. The emphasis is on the prestige of the University, not on the needs of the students.
Chapter 4: Chapter four outlines the importance placed on teaching to tests, including AP exams, and how NCLB (no child left behind) is changing the face of American education. In an effort to get us competing on the world stage, we are sacrificing true education and academic integrity for a prized score. Robbins describes the epidemic of cheating in our country, including information about the 2004 incident at Saratoga High School here in our area.
Chapter 5: chapter five, shows how competition begins as early as preschool and kindergarten. There are even consultants for the process of getting kids admitted into selective schools at this young age. This chapter also covers class ranks and GPA and several controversies over the titles of valedictorian and salutatorian as well as more abut how common cheating