The class of 2019 faced some record-breaking statistics this year. Everyone knows the difficulty of acceptance into schools of high prestige. However, the explosion of the college scandal that was brewing throughout the month of March did not assist anyone’s case.
Federal prosecutors charged several celebrities in a scheme to get students into distinguished schools. The pressure rises for students to obtain admission into elite universities. According to The New York Times, the collusion has been referred to as the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.” It has been found that a myriad number of parents utilized bribes for their children to gain a spot. William Singer, businessman and leader of the scandal, has done it all. From changing standardized test scores to planting lies in student biographies, he controlled all of the activity. It is heartbreaking to see this happen because students around the globe are pour all their energy into admission to their dream school only to have spots taken away. At least, Singer has fortunately pleaded guilty.
Along with him, a number of celebrities have been found to be part of this intrigue, including actress Felicity Huffman. While Huffman has agreed to take a plea, some other celebrities, such as Lori Loughlin, the mother of social media celebrity Olivia Jade, are deny their involvement. The upsetting part of it is the damage to the children. Some students did not know their parents bought their entry into college; they thought they were gaining an equitable spot. Coaches from Wake Forest to Georgetown took part in suggesting that these students were the best athletes when they did not even play the sport; they went so far as to photoshop faces onto athletes.
Furthermore, the system was fueled by the parents. The New York Times indicates that parents paid as much as $75,000 for higher test scores. Someone else would take the test for their kid; the proctor would change the answers. Pretty crazy, right? It’s unfathomable that parents have hurt their children in this way. Nothing can be taken back; imagine being the child not knowing about your parents doing this at all. It’s unnecessary suffering. The payments went to Singer’s company and were masked as “donations” to the university.
The case is now definitely at higher stakes than it ever was before for admissions counselors. Maya Sienkiewicz, a senior at Ramapo says, “This college scandal is shocking!” Is the system really trustworthy, or has the bias gone overboard? The future of the students is still in a hazy area, as some might still be punished, and parents are facing prison sentences along with coaches; there are more they might prosecute too according to the Los Angeles Times. The U.S. Department of Education is also doing its own investigations. From the race cases with Harvard in the beginning of the year to Landry’s school, the admissions system needs to get it together. This case is a sign of many factors: equality, parenting, college admissions, and more. Hopefully, this ends, so future applicants are not at a disadvantage; school schemes need to stop.
Featured Photo: William Singer after leaving court on March 12 (Photo Courtesy of The Sacramento Bee)
By: Patricia Redulla, Distribution Manager