MIT "Charm School" Students Might Really Need It

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The Globe sits in at MIT's 20th Annual MIT Charm School, which teaches young geniuses social skills how to ace business dinners — you know, how to order properly, network without being smarm-o, and so forth. Thank God, too, judging by the story. A few favorite quotes from this awesome piece, ahead.

Maggie Kane: "My mom raised me really well, so I think I already know everything I need to know, but we’ll see." ("The school’s reputation for having students more academically than socially gifted had affected her, she said.")

Alice Lu: “It’s free food, so that’s good."

Alana Hamlett, coordinator: "The spirit of the program was always to help students be a little bit better than they ­already are and to take the lessons that they learn beyond the classroom."

The program awards graduates a ChD, or a "doctor of charm." But do these people really need diplomas? Soon enough they'll be the ones inventing ways to invisibly text at the table, we're sure.

Engineering etiquette at MIT’s charm school [Globe]