I’m sure you’ve heard about the elite college admissions bribery investigation that’s snared a number of rich parents, including CEOs, college coaches and actresses Lori Laughlin of “Full House” and Felicity Huffman, who was arrested. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, was reportedly not charged. (Is it just a coincidence that she starred on “Desperate Housewives” and he stars on “Shameless”?)
Prosecutors say that between 2011 and 2019, well-off parents paid an admissions consultant a total of $25 million to get their kids into top universities, including Yale, Stanford, Wake Forest, Georgetown, the University of Texas, USC and UCLA. The scam sometimes involved passing the students off as athletes (even Photoshopping their faces onto athletes’ bodies – I’ll have to see if TBN can do that for me!), then claiming they were injured and couldn’t play after they were accepted. Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to pass their two daughters off as USC crew team recruits. Neither girl even participated in rowing, although the family is up the creek without a paddle now. You'd think that for $500,000, they could get their kids in the honest, traditional way: by buying the school a new gym.
Huffman is accused of knowingly paying $15,000 to a fictitious charity to help boost her daughter’s SAT scores. That scam allegedly involved claiming privileged kids were special needs to secure private SAT exams for them, then the proctor would correct their wrong answers. Red flags were raised when Huffman’s daughter’s SAT score jumped 400 points from her LSAT score.
This is being described as the biggest college entrance scandal in US history, although I bet you’d get an argument from Asian-American parents whose kids can’t get into top schools despite having superior grades and qualifications, due to “diversity” policies making sure there aren’t “too many” Asians. Apparently, fake athletes and celebrities’ kids were also boxes on the diversity chart keeping other students from making it in.
I do feel some sympathy for these kids if they didn’t know their parents paid off officials to get them into top name colleges and are only now discovering it via embarrassing headline news. Laughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, is a social media celebrity and “influencer” who discovered how quickly the social media pack can turn on you.
But I hope that people don’t miss the real message of this, beyond “Cheaters never prosper.” That is that we place far too much emphasis on the prestige of getting into certain universities. These days, much of the admissions process at these big name schools comes down to things that have little to do with qualifications (again, ask Asian-American students about reverse discrimination at some of our most elite and most liberal universities.) Then, once students are in, today’s professors protect their self-esteem (and the school’s image) by passing out A’s to every kid like candy corn on Halloween, so grades have become meaningless. And as we’ve seen recently from certain graduates, the non-science classes have devolved into socialist indoctrination sessions rather than education.
I’m sure my degree from Ouachita Baptist University wouldn’t score me an invitation to any Park Avenue soirees, but I actually had to qualify to attend and study hard to graduate. At my school, you earned every A you got, and you got every F you earned.
Unless you are going to college primarily to make contacts and impress shallow people, there’s little reason to think you’ll get a better liberal arts education from an “elite” university than from a state school or private or Christian college. The facts in the textbooks are the same, so look for a school where the teachers are apolitical and free speech is still protected so students can learn how to debate conflicting ideas and think rationally.
Besides, at a school like that, you’ll get much more education for your money. I will never understand why rich people will pay $50,000 a semester for someone to teach their kids to hate capitalism. Sounds like it’s the wealthy parents who need some schooling. And it appears that some of them are about to get some, good and hard.