I am sure most people have read (or heard) the news about the college admission scandal. Or at least I hope people have read it as this is a major news story and it is very beneficial to be knowledgeable and keep up with the news. The story involves rich parents who in effect bribed officials/coaches/test takers, etc. at a number of universities so that their child could go to said school. The bribes were paid to the colleges through an intermediary. This entire event is outrageous and disgusts me.
The story really involved rich, privilege people trying to buy “success” for their otherwise undeserving child. And I say “undeserving” kids as if the kids could get into the universities on their own, their parents would not have had to place these bribes. While details of this crime are still coming out, and like most things in life we will never know all the details, it would not surprise me if some of the kids were implicit in this scheme too.
The entire story is outrageous. These parent/kids are taking educational opportunities from those students who go out and work hard, get the grades, and do everything they needed to do to get into college. But the rich parent bought the way for their child, and stole that slot that would have gone to someone deserving…a kid who did everything right.
What does that mean? Well it could mean that maybe that hard working, smart student from an inner city and who went to a low quality school in the city is not going to go to a top college as this rich person bribed the way for their kid and “stole” the slot.
The truth is this type of stuff has always been out there. There are countless examples of parents “buying” the way for their kids. Usually it involves legally making a big donation to the school, thereby opening the door for their kids. Sadly (outrageously) that type of “donation” arrangement is legal. This latest scheme is getting more attention as it was illegal as it involved bribes and even extortion.
We have blogged about entitlement. As I wrote about, entitlement comes in many forms.
- It is the low income person who wants someone to pay their bills.
- Or it is the person who wants free government aid and who dies not want to contribute to society.
- Or entitlement is someone who refuse to work or looks down on many jobs and thinks they are too “good” for a position or too good for a job or company.
- Or it is someone who wants free prescription medications from the government to battle their poor health but who refuse to make healthy choices in their life.
- There are many other examples.
But the rich can also be entitled…and this story a perfect example.
- The rich can “expect” a certain type of service be provided to them
- They may want “perfect” in life including material possessions.
- They may expect people to go out of their way to help them (or their kids) or “kiss their butts”.
- Or they think they are entitled to a certain job, promotion, house, career, and much more.
there are many other examples too. Rich privileged people can be just as entitled (or maybe more so?) as a financially “poor” person.
Some people may say a parent paying the way for their kid is fine. They may say a low income student can get scholarships or financial aid that a rich student can’t, so this action by a rich person is justified. But the entire situation is not that simple…
The entire situation is much more complicated than that and this entire story of Rich Privilege is one example of why I have mixed feeling about say affirmative action. As these rich parents paying the way for their kids (whether through this illegal bribery scheme or say legal donations) is in effect a form of affirmative action for the rich. So I think that there needs to be some type of “offsetting benefit” for low income students, minorities, the disabled, immigrants, and others who can’t buy their way. Call it affirmative action or some other name, or structure it some other way. The issue is very complicated. But I strongly believe that there needs to be some type of advantage given to those “disadvantaged” groups. I think it is needed so that those individuals have a chance to offset the advantages (whether legal or illegal) of the rich.
As if the rich can and often do get advantages in life and if the disadvantaged did not have some way to even the playing field, then income disparity in this country would become even worse. As if there was not type of advantage given to the lower income, minorities, etc. the rich would just keep buying their way ahead in life and take/steal all those opportunities out there.
Anyway, it is an ongoing story. And am sure will have more to write about it later and/or cleaning up this message, but this story is horrible. I can’t stand it.
Instead I love those underdogs who are given nothing in life…who work hard, (maybe at a job they do not love to gain critical skills/income), who strive to get ahead, who save/live simply, who are kind, who are poor/driven/hungry and who are not given these advantages. Those people who are grateful, appreciative, are disciplined, focused, and work hard to gain skills and become self-sufficient….without their rich or connected mommy or daddy paying the way for them or opening doors for them.