No Names Accepted:We get it, you want our colleges and universities
to be homogeneous.Also, these people gave bribes in a form of a
bogus charity and claimed it as a tax deduction. So yes, I'm ticked off as
are a great number of people. The $500,000 bribe just didn't Lori
Loughlin's daughter was also claimed as a tax deduction. So again, not all
that victimless after all..
How do you determine merit? If merit is based solely on standardized test
scores and grade point average, colleges and universities will overlook a large
number of very deserving people who have excelled in other areas of life that
are far better indicators of future success. Colleges, universities and
employers must all make decisions that require them to discriminate between
people. The more diverse the information they have about applicants, the better
able they are to make good decisions.
Applications of any kind should be devoid of sex, race, religion, or any other
identifier that could be used to discriminate one way or the other. Merit alone
should be the qualifying mark.
@Mainly Me: "Does anyone really think those who paid bribes will do any jail
time?"How much jail time is warranted?Put another
way, who is the victim in these cases? Who exactly was hurt?And if
you say, "honest kids who were denied a seat," then you've got to
confront the much larger number of seats--and infinitely larger amount of
scholarship money--diverted from honest kids with great grades and amazing test
scores toward athletes and affirmative action admits.Near as I can
tell, there about 100 kids nationwide invovled in this bribery scandal. Across
10 to 50 highly desirable schools, we're talking about 5 or 6 kids per
school. And none of these kids were getting any scholarship money.Compare that to the 100 football players (not to mention basketball,
gymnastics, and other sports) and maybe upwards of 500 affirmative action admits
at each and every of these same schools. Many of these under-performing students
also received scholarship money.I'm not going to condone
bribery to get into some high brow, elite college. But neither does it rise to
the level of serious crimes with identifiable victims. A slap on the wrist with
accompanying public shame seems proper.
@Impartial7: "...scholarships for underprivileged kids ...."No need. Poor kids with stellar grades and good test scores already attend
Harvard for free. Kids from families making up to $50,000 per year are getting
at or near 100% tuition paid at Harvard and other ultra-elite schools via
financial aid packages comprising federal pell grants and school provided
scholarships.Rich kids have parents who can just write a check.It is the middle class--from say Utah's mean income of $60,000 up
to say $200,000--who have a rough go of it. These folks pay significant taxes,
are not eligible for any taxpayer assistance, but can't just cover tuition
out of their budget. Most have leveraged themselves into expensive homes to live
in "good" school districts.No one will condone what these
rich parents did. But 100 kids involved nationwide pales compared to the 100
football players at almost every school in question or the 500 affirmative
action admits, with all of the latter two groups got scholarships that were not
available to middle class kids who needed them.Athletics and AA
denies a lot more worthy kids than did these bribes. Hating the rich is not the
same as loving the poor.
Does anyone really think those who paid bribes will do any jail time?
Good. Now, fine them and use those fines for scholarships for underprivileged
kids with stellar grades.