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.