Is anyone honestly surprised to hear that a handful of rich Mommy’s and Daddy’s have paid someone so that their precious under-achiever could attend a high-ranking college? North American’s live in a ‘pay to play’ society so the fact that this story is continuing to rotate through the news cycle befuddles me to no end.
How did you think Universities and Colleges get their fancy libraries and new sports equipment? Dollar, dollar bills and plenty of them! They certainly do not rely on bake sales and selling boxes of chocolate almonds for fundraising.
The caveat to some donations: The college must accept the children of the rich donor regardless of the child’s IQ. Oh! And the deal includes accepting the children of those children because it is unlikely that the gene pool will create any geniuses over the next twenty years.
The alleged photo-shopping of someone into a photo showing they were part of a sports team or paying someone else to take your child’s standardized college entrance exam called the S.A.T. is deceptive, immoral, unethical and probably illegal but is it surprising?
Let me ask you a question. If you were a billionaire and your little precious peanut was unable to think his or her way out of a wet paper bag, but yet “Daddy! All my friends are going to UCLA and I want to go tooooooo!” Wouldn’t you start checking to see what level of donation would be necessary to ensure a spot for little peanut? Wouldn’t you want to tell everyone at the country club that your child got into UCLA?
Right or wrong, ethical or unethical: Paying to play is part of North American society. Think about the system that drives the U.S. elections? You can only ‘play’ if you are able to ‘pay’ which means that the Presidency is generally won by a wealthy someone who is incapable of relating with 80% of the population.
Dismantling a culture that has turned a blind eye to creative accounting and one that tolerates misplaced morals, does not happen overnight. One Desperate Housewife being found guilty in this recent scandal will not change the mindset of those who live in the world of ‘white privilege’.
How many of us are reacting to this by throwing rocks from our own glass houses? Perhaps a moment of introspection is necessary?
Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. You can follow her on twitter @judylaine