Well, I suppose that saying that desperate times call for desperate measures may actually be more realistic than I thought. Except, where does the line get drawn between desperate and stupid?
Last week, celebrities, CEOs and others were arrested in the United States college admissions scandal. The ‘takedown’ so to speak was named ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ and involved dozens of people using bribery to ensure their kids would get admitted into colleges/universities. TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are two of the most notable names to come out of the scandal thus far.
Some of the scandals included parents arranging for their child’s ACT or SAT scores to be falsified (standardized tests that the majority of U.S colleges and universities require students to take — and do very well — in order to be admitted). Though, the scandal goes far beyond just admissions tests or essays, as some parents bribed college coaches to offer their children spots on teams, even if they weren’t as qualified as some other recruits.
For many Canadians, the idea of parents bribing their kids’ way into school may seem overly absurd — in the United States, many universities are tiered higher than that of community colleges or even non-Ivy league schools. Whereas, in Canada, plenty of schools have reasonable acceptance rates, and no universities are tiered over one another.
The real absurdity is that some people still value their reputation more than their character. How does someone get to a point where they believe throwing money at a person or school is the right way for their child to get into a post-secondary institution? It’s understandable for someone to want the best for their child, but in a case where your child doesn’t have the grades or character to get into the school you want them to get into, shouldn’t that parent want them to end up where they should be? Not where they think they should be?
For now, it appears that most of the students were unaware of the bribes their parents made. For those students who — at the end of all this — truthfully didn’t know, imagine how it will affect their mindset? It will change their post-secondary experience from the best time of their life into a question of whether or not they really deserve to be in the place they are.
Those who end up with great success in life usually got there (hopefully) because of their own hard work. For parents, how does bribing their child’s way into a school they aren’t qualified to be at make life any easier for them?
If you’re going to literally pay your child’s way through life, maybe pay for some character or leadership courses so they can get themselves into university.