Oh noes, a somewhat serious subject: Outrage over the education scandal du jour where some wealthy parents paid money to get their kids in select colleges and universities. Sometimes BIG money, no less, upwards of $100,000.
Ok, I’m going to go out on a limb here and speculate that, the more money spent, the dumber the kid.
But, I digress. (I do a lot of that, digressing.) Anyway, everyone is all up in arms. There’s outrage… OUTRAGE, I tell ya! How could this have happened? This is an unethical and moral perversion of the purity of higher education! (Don’t laugh.) Academia is above this. (Stop laughing.) I’m shocked… shocked, I tell ya!
Seriously… honestly… are you really naive enough to believe this is somehow new? After your check clears for the bridge, I have a special nugget of information for you… write this down: People cheat!
Not everyone, of course, but enough to make it common. And people with money cheat no less than the average person, they only do it at a higher level, hence the current scandal. Generally, though, rich people can buy their way out of it, but this one was just too much.
Anyway, again, another little nugget: People are greedy.
Inconceivable, I know, but it happens. Why do you think the cost of higher education has kept pace with the availability of easy money, i.e. student loans?
Long story short, it’s ok to be disapproving, but any outrage on your part is either insincere or naive.
I’m kind of curious how this one will play out. I’m expecting it to be eclipsed by the next outrageous scandal within two months… if that long.