Many of them are suspicious institutions of little or no reputation, because the good schools don’t need to advertise. But today, we received an interesting solicitation from Cambridge University in England, a very prestigious institution. They’re advertising two three-week summer study programs: the Academic Programme (proper British spelling) and the International Leadership Programme.
These programs claim to provide both high school and college credit, although you must apply for it. I suppose you could be turned down. How much can you possibly learn in three weeks? I can imagine sending my child to England for the Academic Programme, but I have to wonder what kind of stuffed shirts send their kids for the International Leadership Programme.
The letter was accompanied by a return postcard to request a full brochure. On one side is a charming photo of students posing at the River Cam near Queen’s College:
On the other side is the form you must fill out to request the brochure. At the bottom of the form, a photo caption appears:
How likely are we to send our daughter to England to study at a school that can’t spell the word “Scholars?”