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'“It used to be that if you could get into college and graduate, you were essentially golden,” Mr. Selingo said. Once a child was admitted to college, “parents could breathe a giant sigh of relief and essentially say, as long as you graduate, you’re O.K.”

That’s no longer true, he says.'

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With the framework and needs for education changing rapidly, the gap year needs to be considered not as a break from education, but as part of it.

Read the rest from the New York Times here.