- Category: Coffee with a Slice of Life
- Published: Monday, March 18, 2019
- Written by Dianna Flett
I am SO mad. The college “cheating” scandal has me fuming. To be clear, I don’t have a dog in this fight. We told our boys they were going to school in-state unless there was some magical hand full of college tuition scholarship money handed down from the heavens. Um...there was not. None of my boys were booted out of a premier school because of another parent buying their child’s way in. But I do know teens, good hard-working teens, who were accepted into big name schools because of hard work and academic prowess; and I know some who were not accepted despite their hard-work and academic prowess. Did someone buy their acceptance and keep these kids out?
I hate injustice. I absolutely hate it. Surprisingly I am still shocked when I see and hear how often it happens. There is something pretty basic about having your child actually earn their way into the school they are going to attend. Just seems like something parents should be on board with as a collective whole.
I realize of course that large contributions to libraries and large donations that build wings on educational buildings often soften the path of a child getting into their desired school. At least when I process that injustice, I can reconcile that those buildings and donations to new libraries benefit every child at the school. Having the half million dollars line someone’s pocket because their child would rather make product endorsements than study for their grades? That has a different ring to me, not that it is too much better. Some of the deception methods outlined in the legal complaints make my skin crawl.
If your child is good at the YouTube thing, mom and dad, let them do it. Leave the higher education to those that want more than a “name” school to go along with their “name” suits or shoes, and leave school to those who might actually do something of value with their degree. You know the whole “cure world hunger” thing.
I know my children have more privilege than many. Part of my parenting responsibility is to knock them upside the head (figuratively...and once in a while literally) if they start feeling too full of themselves. It’s how humanity stays connected, and doggone it if my kids don’t learn anything else from me, they will learn they have led a privileged life. That doesn’t mean they’ve had all the money in the world, but they have been supported and loved and cared for in a way so many children are not. They need to take what they have been given and go out there and be someone’s hero. Lord knows we need more of those in the world.
I know I can’t stop the stink of this type of foul misdeed. I know there are more companies out there that land deals like this, giving extensions of illegal support to more than just educational opportunities. But I can stand up and show my disgust when it comes to light and I can work hard to keep my world and my family balanced.
So, I’m mad and it won’t change anything. But the next time I hear something like this I’ll get mad all over again. Because it is just not right.