|William Rick Singer - mastermind of the college cheating scandal - administrator of a non-profit tax exempt charity|
Yesterday the news broke of the biggest college cheating scandal in the history of the United States. Helicopter parents brazenly paid cash to rig the system so their little darlings could jump ahead of the line and be admitted to colleges of their choice.
Admit it, didn't you know in your heart that this cheating was always going on? Of course. We all know about the legacy children who get in prestigious colleges of their parent's choice because their parent's went to that college. The rich white parents donate to the college (a building, a scholarship, etc) and viola! Their precious is admitted.
|Actresses Felecity Huffman and Lori Loughin- charged in the college cheating scandal|
I was sickened when I heard and saw this news yesterday. This is the rich and privileged giving their kids a fast track for life. Sickened to my stomach. This news confirms that those who play by the rules get screwed again by the rich and influential who have enough money to buy their way to get ahead of the line.
This is personal for me. When I graduated from high school I wanted to go to college. I couldn't go. My Mother told me when I was in my freshman year in high school and had to make a choice of what course to take in high school (academic or commercial) that "We can afford to send you to college." Of course I was hurt and disappointed. Again I felt "lesser than". Not good enough. I didn't have any hope of a scholarship. I was a good student (mostly B's, an occasional "A" and one of two "C's"). I wasn't an athlete so I couldn't go on a sports scholarship. And I didn't have enough self confidence or a car to get a job and work my way through college. So what did I do? I joined the Army for three years. After I got out of the Army I went to college on the GI bill. I went to night school three nights a week (three house each night) for four years and obtained an Associate's Degree in Business Management. Didn't help me at all on my job at the bank, I was already ensconced in my career. If I had entered the job market after a four year college degree, my life arguably would be a lot different.
Like many others, all my life I've played by the rules. And like many others, we all know there is an element of our society who do not play by the rules. Most of them get away with it. Money and influence. But it still is sickening and hurts when we see cheating like we saw on the news yesterday.
You know what is really the discouraging part of this whole scandal? No one and I mean NO ONE will serve one day in jail because of their cheating. And why is that? Because they are rich, influential and white. That's the way our system works in this country. It's always worked that way and will continue to work that way. Do I sound cynical? Well, yes. But it is the truth.
Reality folks. Not one of these people involved in this scandal will spend a day in jail. They will express remorse maybe do some community service and life goes on and the cheating and not playing by the rules will continue.