Monday, May 29, 2017

JFK: Take a look at a surprising report card and his application to Harvard - The Washington Post

JFK: Take a look at a surprising report card and his application to Harvard - The Washington Post:

JFK: Take a look at a surprising report card and his application to Harvard

Just as the 50th anniversary in 2013 of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy prompted a wave of coverage about his life, so, too, will the marking on Monday, which is Memorial Day, of what would have been his 100th birthday.
As I published in 2013, here are some interesting documents related to Kennedy’s education that reveal some surprising things about him. They come from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, which digitized records relating to his educational experience.
Here’s his Harvard University application — in his own handwriting — as well as his grades from the Choate School and a letter from his father, Joseph Kennedy, to the Harvard admissions dean explaining that JFK was “brilliant” but “careless” and “lacks ambition” for things that didn’t interest him.
JFK went to these schools: through fourth grade, the Edward Devotion School, Noble and Greenough Lower School and the Dexter School in Massachusetts; Riverdale Country Day School in New York from fifth through seventh grades; the Canterbury School in Connecticut for eighth grade; the Choate School in Connecticut for high school. He attended Princeton University for no more than two months in 1935, and later enrolled at and graduated from Harvard.
Take a look at his grades and his university application. You may be surprised.

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