It is a damning indictment on our society that success rests not on how smart your child is but rather if they have a piece of paper on the wall from the right institution. It is the paper that determines your child’s future, not their intellect or achievements. A whole segment of our society thrives on the graft and delusion of being successful by way of what money buys you.
The 50 people arrested yesterday in the largest admissions scandal in the history of the U.S.A., are only the tip of the iceberg. But they are emblematic of how the elite in the country think it is okay, because they are rich, for them to operate on one level while everyone else struggles.
In every aspect of our society, inequality has taken hold. 99% of the population can’t make a living wage, homeless rates among full-time workers is at a record high, but at the same time the 1% get a golden parachute if they run a business into the ground or squander the savings of that other 99%. Get arrested for defrauding banks for millions of dollars? No problem. Throw cash out there and you’ll get a lighter sentence than a drug offender. After all, its a white collar crime. Now we find out if your kid knows everything about ComicCon but nothing about science or math, you can get them into the best schools, guarantee a diploma, and have them come off as Einstein to the world. Meanwhile, the person from the 99% who actually possesses the intellect to change the world for the better struggles to be accepted and pay the tuition at the local community college.
The L.A. Times did a profile of all 50 people in the scandal. It is a cross-section of the business and academic elite. The two actresses who were arrested garnered the most attention only because they had the most famous faces. Truth is, the corruption runs deep.
I’m sorry, if you have to spend $500,000 to get your kid into a good college, or bump their SAT scores by 40%, then maybe college isn’t for them. How about spending that money on scholarships for kids whose parents are working two shifts at Walmart?
A lot of these kids had no clue what their parents were up to - which probably shows you just how dumb they are. They know they can’t pass those tests. That they’re only there because of the parent’s money and if pressed, they’d flunk out. But they don’t see that as a stain because there is such a sense of entitlement they simply think that is the way it should be.
Most of these cases involved USC and UCLA. But I’m confident if you started turning over the files at other schools, you’d find the same story. No one on the street is surprised that it was happening, only in the amount of money being spent. Until the 1% are made to reckon for their actions, the system won’t change. Lets hope this is a start.