Okay, I’m not quite being fair. It’s not just Aunt Becky’s scam. But this from today’s FBI news conference on the cheating scandal exposed today struck me a bit… excessive:
FBI special agent says 300 FBI, IRS agents participated in arrests in alleged college cheating scam, named "Operation Varsity Blues"; 38 individuals have been taken into custody so far. https://t.co/eg24f7pl1z pic.twitter.com/iL4lZ6t5CC
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2019
This is obviously a disgusting thing for rich families to do, but I’m not sure why it rises to this level of attention within the ranks of the FBI. For as long as college admissions has been around, there have been rich parents who game the system in order to get their kids in. This happens to have been more glaring than most parents’ schemes, but there are too many schemes to count, and most of them I am blissfully unaware of as a lower middle-class kid who went to a state school.
This Twitter follower of mine has a good point:
Absolutely not! This impacts every family with college bound students attempting to teach our children work ethic and honesty. If I was a lawyer I would seek out the true athletes that would have benefited from the education but lost out cuz of these frauds!
— Dorothy Bell (@DorothyBell) March 13, 2019
But I just don’t see this scandal and these arrests doing anything to prevent gimmicks like the one these parents used in the future. Let’s not pretend the system was ever fair, or ever will be.Published in