Shocking!

This new revelation  about wealthy people using their  money in various ways to get their kids into the “elite” colleges reminds me a lot of the priest abuse scandal.

Everybody knew about it!  There have been “altar boy” jokes pretty much forever.

In the same way, was anybody surprised when Malia Obama got into Harvard or Tiffany Trump Into Georgetown Law? (I wish I hadn’t said that; the Demoncrats will probably try to implicate Trump now..)

When I was going through the soul-destroying admissions process with my daughter, one of the (smug, patronizing)  admissions officers told our group of hopeful alumni-parents and kids that the  college was  looking for something “interesting” in their admittees, something more  than academic excellence.

Every parent’s hand shot up: “What do you mean, ‘interesting’?”   The etiolated pencil-neck just smiled enigmatically, pityingly, like: “If you have to ask…”

Im sure being the child of a president, a famous actor, a kazillion dollar athlete, is very “interesting”.  I  never watched Full House, and  Huffman’s name doesn’t ring a bell either. But I’m sure the children of the Hollywood superstars, the A list, can pretty much attend wherever they want.

Does anyone doubt it?

I think the non-famous Un-beautiful wealthy people who build a sports complex or sump’n are actually at a disadvantage.  That’s  too obvious.  As is faithfully donating every year: the same pencil-neck gleefully advised us that his job consisted mainly of dealing with irate parent alums whose children had not been admitted , despite their generous annual gifts.

You have to be at a certain, stratospheric  level of either fame  or finance, to have colleges courting your barely-above-average offspring.  At that  level, you don’t  need to lay out any money in advance, nor even explicitly promise future contributions.

These kess famous actresses, these wealthy but unglamorous parents, quite understandably wanted to level the playing  field a little.

And what about the elite colleges themselves? So far, only one or two obscure athletic coaches (pole-vaulting?) have been fired.  I dunno, doncha think some of the academic admissions officers musta been in on the scheme? (I hope pencil-neck is one of ‘em!)

The entire four year residential+college system is

One. Big. “Scam. “

it is exorbitantly expensive, parents bankrupt themselves to afford it, their offspring take on the yoke  of lifelong crushing debt— just for a social marker which in itself is no more than a high school diploma used to be.

(I’ll qualify this: there are two separate tracks  now.  Students in one of the STEM fields  are actually getting an education and can even  graduate in 4 years with Masters as well as Bachelors.  Students who major in engaged literature are paying for nothing except the diploma.)

i hope this latest “scandal” and the phony outrage it engenders will( help to bring the entire ivy-covered  Potëmkin edifice crashing down.

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14 thoughts on “Shocking!”

  1. Robots!! I say we replace the professors with robots. Let them learn to code.

    Q: What is the difference between a human professor and robot professor?

    A: The robot professor doesn’t have a screw loose and will work Friday afternoon.

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  2. Hypatia:
    (yada yada yada or not exactly out of context…)

    (I’ll qualify this: there are two separate tracks  now.  Students in one of the STEM fields  are actually getting an education and can even  graduate in 4 years with Masters as well as Bachelors.  Students who major in engaged literature are paying for nothing except the diploma.

    Yep, a diploma, that’s why I retired early, I wanted one last promotion and to work a few years at that level and then retire, but no, they would not promote me for lack of ANY diploma. (I was told ANY type of diploma would work.) So I could not get that $0.40 / hour and would continue doing engineering work for years, I opted for retirement. They could find someone else that could design, build and document test fixtures for “LRIP”* circuit cards and devices or someone else who, base on years of bench and field work, could see the problems with other engineer’s work.

    *Low rate initial production.

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  3. What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

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  4. Bob Thompson:
    What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

    I think performance standards vary a lot by department.  This would be a failing strategy for physics or music, but quite feasible for an english or sociology student, even at a prestigious school.

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  5. Damocles:

    Bob Thompson:
    What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

    I think performance standards vary a lot by department.  This would be a failing strategy for physics or music, but quite feasible for an english or sociology student, even at a prestigious school.

    That says a lot. I guess it has much to do with measurability of performance , and the importance of that, once one is practicing a profession reasonably related to the academic specialty.

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  6. Damocles:

    Bob Thompson:
    What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

    I think performance standards vary a lot by department.  This would be a failing strategy for physics or music, but quite feasible for an english or sociology student, even at a prestigious school.

    Yes, that’s what I meant by two tracks.  You can’t fake math or science ability.

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  7. Hypatia:

    Damocles:

    Bob Thompson:
    What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

    I think performance standards vary a lot by department.  This would be a failing strategy for physics or music, but quite feasible for an english or sociology student, even at a prestigious school.

    Yes, that’s what I meant by two tracks.  You can’t fake math or science ability.

    Well, you can fake research and get published in science.

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  8. 10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    Damocles:

    Bob Thompson:
    What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

    I think performance standards vary a lot by department.  This would be a failing strategy for physics or music, but quite feasible for an english or sociology student, even at a prestigious school.

    Yes, that’s what I meant by two tracks.  You can’t fake math or science ability.

    Well, you can fake research and get published in science.

    Yes of course you can, but I’d think you have to actually know something about science and research methods in order to pull off the fraud. Undergraduates are still in the process of mastering that knowledge.

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  9. Hypatia:

    10 Cents:

    Hypatia:

    Damocles:

    Bob Thompson:
    What’s up with the parent who has a mediocre academic performer who acts in these ways to help get that unfit academic performer into a top school?  Does this work because the performance standards are no longer applied?

    I think performance standards vary a lot by department.  This would be a failing strategy for physics or music, but quite feasible for an english or sociology student, even at a prestigious school.

    Yes, that’s what I meant by two tracks.  You can’t fake math or science ability.

    Well, you can fake research and get published in science.

    Yes of course you can, but I’d think you have to actually know something about science and research methods in order to pull off the fraud. Undergraduates are still in the process of mastering that knowledge.

    Theranos. 

    There are the exceptional talents, Hyp.

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  10. Here’s the scholar herself, commenting on the issue on youtube last Summer.

    “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend,” Olivia Jade, a YouTube star and daughter of Full House actress Lori Loughlin, toldher fans just before she moved to the University of Southern California (USC) to begin freshman year. “But I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying….I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”

    https://reason.com/blog/2019/03/13/college-bribery-scandal-defund-loughlin

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