Lying: What You Don't Do for Fun.
A lot of ink has been spilled about Marilee Jones, MIT's dean of admissions, who resigned after lying about her educational background on her resume.
I interviewed Jones for a magazine story called "What Do You Do for Fun?" in February 2004. The piece focuses on her stewardship at MIT to put less emphasis on activities and more importance on personal characteristics during the ultra-competitive admissions process. Since the news broke, I've been meaning to go back and look at the interview. I finally found a free minute in my non-existent spare time to re-read it. One line seems especially ironic: "Baby boomers have such high expectations for themselves and for their kids." Clearly, Jones had high expectations for herself.
Jones told me that the kids MIT admits are all stars: "Lord knows they must have emotional resilience because they have to lose sometimes to get to the top." To get to the top of the admissions game, Jones lost her integrity by lying.
Jones recently guided her own daughter Nora through the college admissions process. I can't help but wonder what her daughter thinks about this mess. How do you tell your child "Mommy lied?"
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