So as December 15th rolls around and most are preparing for the holidays, December has a different meaning to the high school senior. On or around December 15th is that fateful day when your early decision email should arrive. Are you in? Are you done? Are you deferred or, even worse, have you been rejected?
Making a Murderer brought national attention to the possibility of wrongful convictions and to the legal skills needed to avoid them. Because the legal skills needed to prevail in court are also those tested on the LSAT, one of the pivotal LSAT topics was shown to be critically important to Brendan Dassey’s life and liberty.
As I wrote in the post about why education is meaningful, I was a staunch believer that most education was useless. Past tense (“was”) is key here. Having lived longer, I see the value of all education, and I wish that I had valued all education more when I was in school.
We are all trying to become more efficient and productive. Who would not want to do more in less time? And, there is a massive amount of advice on the subject (such as “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss). If you use a computer, here is my single recommendation for getting more done in less time: a second computer monitor.
For those students wanting to become lawyers, they might lament that there are no real-world applications of the LSAT. The LSAT is filled with questions about arguments that make little to no sense, reading comprehension passages that appear to be the very embodiment of cruel and unusual punishment, and logic “games.” How exactly does this all determine who has what it takes to be a lawyer? Is the LSAT just a crucible to bear before entering the hallowed halls of law school?
Formal logic is the fundamental language which underlies modern mathematics and computer science. And yet students are rarely exposed to it before college, if ever. This has led to it having a reputation for difficulty and obscurity. Nothing could be further from the truth!
I was at a conference at New York University recently called “Life of the Mind.” Its purpose was to use classical and modern texts to examine the meaning of education. At dinner, everyone at my table shared what they do. I said, “I own a tutoring company that specializes on the SAT and ACT.” The fellow attendee sitting next to me exclaimed, “So you’re the enemy!”