I’m sure most of you have read the stories about various CEOs, celebrities, law firm partners, and other powerful people cheating to get their children into so-called prestigious universities. Much of the focus has been on celebrities themselves, which isn’t surprising, because they’re celebrities for a reason. Some of the focus has been on the colleges themselves, and how these colleges let this slip through the cracks.
I think that’s the wrong focus. The college admissions scandal is a great illustration of two important facts about our country right now.
1. Powerful people feel entitled to do what they want
The first is this: some powerful people feel entitled to do basically whatever they want to do as long as they don’t get caught. They feel a sense of entitlement, like somehow they and their kids are better than the rest of us. They feel like the rules don’t apply to them. You can see this every single day when our politicians take millions of dollars from huge corporations so they can change the rules to protect the corporations that don’t need protecting.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that one of the most important issues facing our country right now is not the battle between Trump and the democrats, or republicans and conservatives versus liberals and lefties, but powerful people and huge corporations versus the rest of us.
That’s what the college admission scandal is really about. Powerful people using their influence and money to gain an advantage over the rest of us in a way that doesn’t follow the rules. Heck, there was a poor black mother who got thrown in jail for six years for sending her kid to a school in the wrong school district so her son could get a better education. Let’s see what happens to all these powerful celebrities and CEOs whose conduct was worse and I’d be surprised if they faced any real consequences.
2. College admissions have become insane
I think the other important lesson out of the college admission scandal is how insane college admissions have become in general. Does it really matter if you get into Harvard or Yale, as opposed to Texas A&M or the University of Texas? It doesn’t matter at all. As somebody who has hired and fired employees over almost 20 years, I can tell you that the best employees I’ve had typically didn’t go to Ivy League colleges. I don’t think they get a better education than you would get at a good public school. In fact, I think a good public school teaches you more lessons about real life than any so-called elite or so-called prestigious Ivy League school.
One of the best things about the Internet, email, texting, and current technology in general is it’s much harder for people to cheat without getting caught. I predict we’re going to see a lot more of these kind of stories, where powerful people and corporations get caught trying to cheat the rules that benefit themselves at the expense of us all.
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