Where is the outrage for cheating to be admitted to prestigious colleges and universities by those who are privileged—the rich and famous? Where is the moral outcry against those rich and famous parents who paid to get their sons and daughters admitted to some of the nation’s most coveted higher institutions of learning?
Those schools include, Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, and Stanford, to name a few. How many other lesser known schools are also involved? The recent revelation is typical of how many scandals get public attention, mainly when they involve someone rich or famous.
But the scandal likely includes parents who are not so famous, but relatively rich. The media splash about cheating to be admitted to prestigious colleges and universities is probably just the tip of a large and destructive iceberg.
Cheating to be admitted to prestigious colleges and universities is destructive in so many ways. First, what message do you send your child when you pay thousands of dollars to have someone take their college admission exams? What do you tell your child when you lie about their athletic achievements? Are those parents saying lying, cheating, and committing crimes are okay?
Disrespect for the rule of law, moral integrity, and special privilege for the rich and powerful seems to transcend politics, business. Higher education, a prized part of the American experience, has been highly regarded across generations as the gateway to equal opportunity. But, now it is tainted by the revelation of broad spread cheating to be admitted to prestigious colleges and universities.
These are children whose parents could have paid for their college education. These are children who had access to and attended great public and private secondary schools. Why did their parents have to cheat, commit crimes, to get them into the nation’s best schools?
What messages does this cheating and criminal behavior send to those hard-working students who deserve to be admitted to those schools, but are not?
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