the way you begin to correct this is for the perpetrators to go to jail and a
I enjoy the feigned "shock" that this is news. There has
always been a "back door", "I can get it for you wholesale"
portion of our society. In the past admission of a marginal student of an
influential person were called "legacy" admissions, or "athletic
scholarships" in the past, or even today.There are unqualified
students in just about every "higher ed" organization. Otherwise there
would be no reason for remedial courses, private tutors, extra credit, and soft
to very soft majors that have little or no marketability or preparation for post
college life.I submit the only people harmed are the corresponding
number of student who were "on the bubble" for admission and were
denied. As their number is legion, who is to say a specific person was truly
harmed.Life is full of disappointment, get used to it. Life can also be unfair. See previous expected response.All will
be well if the miscreants go on Oprah, or a late night talk show and confess.
Tears optional, enrollment in some type of service organization for a few months
is a bonus.Hit the start button on the 15 minute clock, this too,
shall pass.Now, back to the NCAA tourney....
It's certainly frustrating when you find out that revered institutions have
been acting dishonestly.
I still don't get why all the pompous outrage over this issue as some sort
of gross failure of morality. It was fifty people, all cheating to get
their spoiled children into colleges where I'd probably grouse about the
cost of parking, let alone tuition. I am not affected, nor surprised, nor
outraged for some reason over this. America is basically a pay for play society.
Where this system fails me, and all of us, is that our politicians are every bit
and more as morally bankrupt as this admissions scheme. The NRA, big health
care, big pharma, big tobacco, and so many more groups and industries all buy
access to our politicians so they can get favour to allow them to make usurious
money with policies and products that do us all harm. That's the
moral outrage. Let's work on that, and whomever wants to send their brat to
Yale can work that out on their own.
Your statement "... outright cheating and influence peddling can give
financially privileged students an edge over those who deserve entrance based on
merit." ignores the fact that universities thrive on marginal candidates
with money, influence or sports ability. Equal footing is a myth. It is elite
universities that are enablers of the corruption and parents with low integrity
will always take advantage to game the system, legally or illegally. Financially privileged parents also send their children to camps where they
learn to take standardized tests for college entrance. Where does that stand on
the spectrum of fairness?
Our country has become and then tired and entitled Society. Integrity is
CHS 85 - Sandy, UT---Why is everyone feigning such outrage over this
scandal? This has been going on for centuries. I guess it wasn't as big a
scandal in the 1950s and 1960s when kids got into Harvard and Yale and Wharton
on the coattails of their fathers and their "donations." Please explain why all the pearl-clutching now?---Because in
the modern age, it is no longer the case that a high school education is
sufficient for a trade/career prospect that will provide for a
'comfortable' living.College is required, for a large
number of career paths, despite the few luminaries who became billionaires
without such. Those few are essentially lottery winners in the career
sweepstakes.With the conservative goal of minimizing or eliminating
'free' education, with Ronald Reagan sounding the initial shots, this
has resulted in all educational institutions raising their 'prices' by
100s of percent. So, given that one is going to pay significant sums for
one's children to be given the opportunities that a college education
affords, then it is clear, having one's children attend a 'big
name' institution will be better for the marginal increase in tuition and
3grandslams - Eagle Mountain, UT---Universities must enter the free
market. They have become glutinous.---Stanford, University of
Southern California (USC), Harvard, Yale, Wake Forest, Georgetown, University of
San Diego(USD), are all private universities, presumably being operated with
'free market' principles. Two of which are affiliated with a religious
denomination.UCLA is part of the University of California System,
and University of Texas Austin, are part of the respective states' colleges
and universities.The 'free market' seems to tend to
'favoritism' as a means of income production, and of course, in such
institutions as Trump University, along with a number of 'private'
trade oriented organizations, fraudulent or grossly misleading claims.
It seems that this only became worth looking into while politicians are
promoting the idea of "free college" for the masses. Another volley in
the class war.
@CHS 85.You said, “why all the pearl-clutching now?”Answer: this is predominantly about white privilege and the need for some to
actually pay for it. But, these kids would have graduated in a soft
major that would have allowed them to pass with sub-standard work. Then, society
learns to avoid them when real work is needed. The much, much bigger
scandal would be people bribing school officials to get their kids in
engineering or medical school. Those are real life-and-death professions. But,
those schools would never accept bribes. Hmmm. At least, I hope not.
Why is everyone feigning such outrage over this scandal? This has been going on
for centuries. I guess it wasn't as big a scandal in the 1950s and 1960s
when kids got into Harvard and Yale and Wharton on the coattails of their
fathers and their "donations." Please explain why all the
This brings up a lot of shame for me. I photoshopped a picture of my head on the
body of a missionary when I applied to BYU. It didn't work but I had no
business trying to deceive. Lesson learned.
The academic community has destroyed their own credibility over the last decade
by pushing "politically correct think" over real scholarship and
research. Now we see that they are also simply hypocritical, greedy, and
corrupt elitists. It will take a long time to restore credibility.
@VIDAR,Currently (part of the corruption); is that sports stars
don't have to pass their classes. So long as they make money for the
school playing on the team (or via "donations"); doesn't matter
what they do for classwork. Collegiate sports is about the money not about the
education. Colleges couldn't care less about education anymore; its all
about the money.Which is true not only for sports, but in other
portions of the school; such as in the science field; all about which tax
dollars that they can collect for their "research studies" including
contradictory studies (like the recent egg study); or useless studies (like the
superheros and villains pictured on cold cereal boxes). Etc.
I have to wonder how the students who got into college through bribery are able
to pass their classes. Maybe we are just seeing the first layer of this
Politicians accept "donations" all the time from developers, nuke waste
companies, Big Industry, etc. to do favors for them. Maybe the colleges are just
preparing them for a political education?
Corruption breeds corruption. Ever wonder why politicians are so corrupt?
Because they are trained that way in colleges.Colleges have been
extremely corrupted for decades. Of course this particular scam is only one
small itty bitty symptoms of the corruption of colleges.One way to
handle this and other corruption cases (and start to put colleges back on track
to be higher education); would be to require colleges to be open to EVERYONE, up
to their limit size; and either on a first-come first served basis, or a lottery
basis. Require classes and professors to teach academics without the use of a
"bell curve" (which ensures people will fail). And finally, for
sporting programs to assemble teams based on the studentbody's skills.No more paid positions. No more special privileges for a few.Even scholarships should be handled by third parties (not the colleges) to
ensure some students who may otherwise not be able to afford college can. With
the only deciding factor to enroll a student is if he/she can make the payment.
No more grades and standardized test scores, no more special waivers for sports
stars, and no more bribery!
This op-ed focuses on the ethical missteps of college administrators, coaches
etc., but what's so shocking and disappointing to me...is the behavior of
the parents involved. I cannot imagine that these parents really felt they were
doing their kids a favor, in the long run, by bribing their entrance into
college. After all, if these kids aren't qualified, getting in the door is
the "easy" part...staying and surviving academically...is the hard part.
And now that these kids know (if they didn't before), that their
acceptance was illegitimate, how do they ever hold their heads up? How do they
ever trust their parents again? In what possible way are their parents
preparing for them for the inevitable ups and downs that every life involves?
Healthy self esteem, comes in large part, from learning to solve problems, and
these parents are robbing their kids of experiences that they need to survive in
life. As a parent of 2 high schoolers, I know that the pressure to get into a
'good" college is unhealthy in our society, but I can't help but
feel that these parents were thinking of themselves and not their kids--on the
surface at least, it seems to be about parental pride
This has been going on forever and now all the sudden its a scandal? Ppppffttt.
The "elite" universities have created a market for this type of cheating
and Mr. Singer was playing to that market. It is not surprising even though it
is unconscionable and exposes the lack of integrity on the part of parents and
admissions committees. To imply that the universities involved didn't know
what was transpiring when they value someone who plays sports above someone who
does not is laughable. My alma mater is "shocked and disturbed" but
their feigned innocence does not resonate.
An additional scandal is politicians offering free tuition. Universities love
this idea because it’s an open door to increase tuition rates, it’s
a program to line university pockets with government money. Universities must enter the free market. They have become glutinous.