When it comes to achieving a college or university education, it has been a trusted tenet that every qualified student deserves an equal opportunity for admission to the school of his or her choice. The recent revelation that hundreds, if not thousands, of students gained admission to some of the nation’s purportedly best schools because their parents illegally paid someone shakes that tenet to the core.
Well-endowed parents chose to bypass the demands of hard work, diligent study, the development of athletic skills in exchange for paying a bribe to get their son or daughter admitted to a prestigious school. The recent scandal is about high-profiled schools. What about other institutions of higher learning? How broad spread is this criminal behavior?
While you may believe that every qualified student deserves an equal opportunity for admission to the college or university of their choice, imagine the many that have been denied. Denied not because they were not very qualified, but denied because of their status.
Many students continue to be denied because of being born into middle or lower class households, or being a member of a minority group, and yes, even gender. All too often, high school graduates who have worked hard for years to get into a college or university are denied for reasons other than their academic qualification.
What a travesty. What a shame. Some of the same people who cheat the system or fail to be outraged about those who do are often the loudest to rail against Affirmative Action.
Affirmative Action measures were put in place as an effort to even the playing field. To try to remedy decades and centuries of practices that denied blacks, and now other minorities, equal access to a quality education.
Affirmative Action is deemed terrible, but privilege, bypassing the rules, and cheating are not?
It will be interesting to watch what will really be done as a result of this illegal cheating scandal that has rocked our higher education institution. More importantly, how far-reaching and broad spread will the investigation reveal?
Every qualified student deserves an equal opportunity for admission to the school or university of their choice. That is a basic tenet of what it means to be an American citizen.
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