Prosecutors in Boston revealed on Tuesday revealed that they are formally charging over 50 individuals including celebs, SAT officials and athletic coaches in what many say is the most extensive higher education scandal in history. The charges include a ridiculous money trail of millions of dollars in corrupt bribes.
In short, the scandal details a complex ring of individuals who took illegal bribes in order to secure specific students a place in an ivy-league college which they would have otherwise (based on merit) have had no access to.
I fully understand that as a parent, you will do the best for your child by any means possible. Unfortunately, these wealthy parents are not instilling the best values in their children by spending tens of thousands of dollars to facilitate fake test scores on standardized exams or doctor up false athletic credentials.
William Rick Singer, the individual at the center of the entire scheme, would travel across the country to personally administer exams. Celebrities we love, including Aunt Becky from Full House, reportedly paid upwards of $500,000 to assure that their kids were accepted to a Division I athletic program for crew.
I remember how hard it was to go to college. The stress of SAT and ACT examinations was daunting, to say the least. I was not privy to fancy tutors or a college admissions professional to coach me through the process. The forms were terrible, the information I needed to gather was almost impossible, and on top of it all like most of my peers I was juggling high school, a part time job, my social life and my family.
Would it have been easier to get in to college had my parents been some of the wealthiest in America? Yes. Would I have experienced much less hardship had I been automatically accepted into an ivy league school, never having to think about crippling student debt? Also, yes.
Does it surprise me in the slightest that a ring of individuals in the college admissions process are using the goodwill of parents to make sure their children have a successful future? Not one bit. That part makes perfect sense.