Full House is a Stacked Deck

The title has to do with an actress on the TV series Full House, Lori Loughlin, being in a get your kid into college scheme.  Some of the methods that were allegedly used were having someone else take the SAT for the child and bribing coaches to inflate athletic ability. The goal was the cherish spot at an elite university.

This falls under short term gain for long term pain for me. Sure you can get someone into a college but if they can’t survive the course work it will hurt them in the end. It also destroy a part of their soul to know they have cheated to get ahead.

The parents who wanted their children to have a great resume have put a huge blot on it. They hurt more than helped.

Any thoughts?

How is this different than legacy admissions? Is it okay to straight out pay for a slot?

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  1. 10 Cents:
    Any thoughts?

    Yeah. I’m surprised anyone is still making vapid sitcoms, except now for Netflix instead of for the legacy networks.

    That’s probably not the kind of thoughts you wanted to hear. To the substance of your post, these parents are doing their kids a great disservice. Normally, I’d say they won’t be able to hack it at such schools but these days, who knows? The kids could probably major in gender studies or post-colonial basketweaving and graduate summa. It may never catch up with them even after they leave school since they can live on mommy or daddy’s money, maybe even get a gig in the entertainment biz with the help of their celeb parents.

    No, the reason that this is a disservice is that these kids will lead empty, meaningless lives and probably sink into substance abuse. Then again, they’d simply be following in the footsteps of their dissolute elders. So maybe it’s fine.

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  2. 10 Cents:
    This falls under short term gain for long term pain for me.

    Why Dime, I never knewyou did that to get into college….

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  3. drlorentz:

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    Any thoughts?

    Yeah. I’m surprised anyone is still making vapid sitcoms, except now for Netflix instead of for the legacy networks.

    That’s probably not the kind of thoughts you wanted to hear. To the substance of your post, these parents are doing their kids a great disservice. Normally, I’d say they won’t be able to hack it at such schools but these days, who knows? The kids could probably major in gender studies or post-colonial basketweaving and graduate summa. It may never catch up with them even after they leave school since they can live on mommy or daddy’s money, maybe even get a gig in the entertainment biz with the help of their celeb parents.

    No, the reason that this is a disservice is that these kids will lead empty, meaningless lives and probably sink into substance abuse. Then again, they’d simply be following in the footsteps of their dissolute elders. So maybe it’s fine.

    Isn’t “vapid sitcoms” redundant?

    Yes, some people can graduate without learning much.

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  4. Gerry D:

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    This falls under short term gain for long term pain for me.

    Why Dime, I never knewyou did that to get into college….

    There is always a slot for money at any college, Gerry. They are like vending machines.

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  5. It depends. Getting a kid accepted for a journalism degree with stinking board scores is a far cry from doing the same at MIT.

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  6. Percival:
    It depends. Getting a kid accepted for a journalism degree with stinking board scores is a far cry from doing the same at MIT.

    Good to see you, Percy. Journalism Degree? I thought that was only a day course.

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  7. Percival:
    It depends. Getting a kid accepted for a journalism degree with stinking board scores is a far cry from doing the same at MIT.

    Exactly.  Don’t be ridiculous with “ they may get in but they’ll flunk our.”  Unless you’re in a STEM  field, anybody could fudge the so called course work in sociology or engaged literature (which is the only kind they teach).  And if they can’t?  They dont flunk out, when was the last time you heard of that?  they just “take a year (or two) off”…I think it’s a majority of students now, isn’t it, who don’t finish in four years?

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  8. About “legacy” admissions:

    it’s those families, where the parents  got a good education at a respectable institution, and went on to successful careers which enabled them to consistently support that institution

    whose  children SHOULD get preference in admissions.

    (Yes I said that, and I know I’m waaaay put on a shaky limb, but come on, Ratty, don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. I only know you by your writing here, and that’s enough to demonstrate to me that you all belong to the class I’m describing.)

    That’s how you build and maintain a solid middle class of professionals and other successful citizens with a stake in their own and their  children’s futures. .

    And are you going  to tell me that we don’t desperately NEED that?

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