College-Admissions Fraud; Color Me Unsurprised.

So the completely unsurprising scandal of celebrities buying their stupid offspring into elite so-called universities for credentialing purposes continues. In truth, nothing could be less surprising. Heather MacDonald in City Journal writes:

The celebrity college-admissions cheating scandal has two clear takeaways:  an elite college degree has taken on wildly inflated importance in American society, and the sports-industrial complex enjoys wildly inflated power within universities. Thirty-three moguls and TV stars allegedly paid admissions fixer William Singer a total of $25 million from 2011 to 2018 to doctor their children’s high school resumes—sending students to private SAT and ACT testing sites through false disability claims, for example, where bought-off proctors would raise the students’ scores. Singer forged athletic records, complete with altered photos showing the student playing sports in which he or she had little experience or competence. Corrupt sports directors would then recommend the student for admission, all the while knowing that they had no intention of playing on the school’s team.

None of this could have happened if higher education had not itself become a corrupt institution, featuring low classroom demands, no core knowledge acquisition, low grading standards, fashionable (but society-destroying) left-wing activism, luxury-hotel amenities, endless partying, and huge expense. Students often learn virtually nothing during their college years, as University of California, Irvine, education school dean Richard Arum writes in Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. They may even lose that pittance of knowledge with which they entered college. Seniors at Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Duke, and Berkeley scored lower in an undemanding test of American history than they did as freshmen, according to a 2007 study commissioned by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. College is only desultorily about knowledge acquisition, at least outside of the STEM fields (and even those fields are under assault from identity politics).

Yep, pretty much covers it, for me at least.

What the pay-to-play admissions scam does not demonstrate, however, is that “legacy” admissions are somehow more corrupt than race-based affirmative-action admission policies—which seems to be the primary lesson that left-wing commentators and politicians are taking from the scandal—or that meritocracy is a “myth” that has now been debunked. Racial preferences are a far more significant deviation from academic meritocracy than legacy preferences, which are not even implicated in the current scandal. An underreported but salient detail in the Singer scam is that he “falsified students’ ethnicities,” according to the New York Times, because “some families and students perceive their racial backgrounds can hurt or aid their chances of getting in to schools that consider race in their admissions decisions.” This is not a mere perception; it is the truth. […]

To be sure, legacy preferences and racial preferences should both be eliminated.

Colleges should adopt a transparent, purely merit-based admissions system based on quantified tests of academic preparedness. Such a system would guarantee that entering freshmen were all equally prepared to compete academically, and would have the additional benefit of putting most college admissions officers out of a job. These self-important bureaucrats view themselves as artistes, using their exquisite insights into character to curate a utopian community of “diverse” individuals. The Harvard racial-preferences trial put such airs on nauseating display. In fact, admissions officers are simply allocating a scarce resource based on their own prejudices and inclinations.

Yes, anything else is smoke and mirrors, or in good flyover country English: Bullshit. If you are going to college, and fewer than half of our kids have anything to gain from it. I personally found two years in that I didn’t. Luckily Purdue was a land grant University so I wasn’t saddled with huge debts for my trouble, and I learned quite a lot, and like most alumni, love the place (as you know). But not finishing has not hurt my career, which has been pretty satisfying and paid the bills, as well.

The real losers here though, are the kids who thought they were getting an education but instead have found out their parents were buying them credentials, but without the skills that must go with those credentials to be useful in the real world.

Until the ‘elite’ schools once again teach how to think instead of indoctrinating leftists, I, as a business type person would simply shitcan any resume with a degree other than engineering, or other stem fields. And yes, Purdue would be favored, I’m a bit corrupt, as well, I prefer excellence over mediocrity.

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14 Responses to College-Admissions Fraud; Color Me Unsurprised.

  1. Scoop says:

    Indeed like so much in today’s social structure we see nothing more than what people want us to see. It is all kabuki theater. It is the basis for political movements, social movements, religious movements and now (which should have been apparent to anyone with half a brain) in education as well. It is all for show and nearly all of it is absolutely meaningless. Catholics have a kabuki theater Pope and the Democrats are looking to stack Congress with actors and actresses as well to push their agenda and nail down their elitist status and power. I think the following video on AOC gives us an idea of what is just in its early stages of development: the kabuki theater that created the casting call that netted us AOC and a few others as well.

    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4380-how-to-fight-the-coming-war

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    • NEO says:

      Yep. But you know, I think they moved too soon, there’s too much of the old America left, but time will tell the tale, if we keep up the skeer.

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      • Scoop says:

        We must hope so . . . but then these old tactics are as ancient as civilization itself. It reminds one of the temptation of Christ in the wilderness: you can have all the riches and power if you will worship me . . . idea. It’s the old puppet master and puppet routine. Lots of people have sold their souls to the devil in the past and will continue to do so in the future I’m afraid. If we beat down the present order of things another will pop up just like whack-a-mole. 🙂

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        • Nicholas says:

          Education, as with politics, has the problem of maintaining purity. One of the reasons why conservatives wish to hold political office is to keep liberals from it, so that liberals will not be in a position to create and enforce unjust laws or enforce/interpret just laws in an unjust manner. So in education, you can create an establishment with good staff and a good constitution – but it may not take long before infiltration occurs and entropy converts order into chaos. Order must be actively maintained – but passivity breeds chaos.

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        • Scoop says:

          Yes, most things come down to order versus chaos or a just order versus tyranny.

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        • Nicholas says:

          Our states have become corrupt – trampling on the family and the Church. Even President Trump is sailing close to losing my support if he pushes this peace plan after the Israeli elections. Dividing the land of Israel is wrong.

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        • Scoop says:

          That is definitely a weak spot on Trump’s resume. I totally agree.

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        • NEO says:

          As do I. But he’s usually pretty surefooted, and hopefully Bibi will be there keeping him on track.

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        • NEO says:

          Eternally, until He returns. That’s the deal we signed on for, you know. 🙂

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  2. Nicholas says:

    The system is completely broken. The world is brainwashed and will reap what it sows: destruction. Education has become a joke. A pity all the money that has been wasted on bribes and other foolishness was not pumped into the prison system.

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    • NEO says:

      At least here, stem is pretty uncontaminated, although in the sights. For the rest there are a few to build on. Will we is the the question, though.

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      • Nicholas says:

        Indeed – I worry even for STEM with all the crazies denying biological differences and using cultural Marxism against us. I remember touching on some of that when I taught sociology of religion and we looked at Popper and Velikovsky.

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        • NEO says:

          There is some cause for concern. I know Purdue had a bit of trouble with some female in engineering education along that line. But so far 2+2 still =4.

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