So there’s a pretty big college admissions scandal being uncovered right now. Eight universities took millions of dollars in bribes to admit kids of rich parents. Yet searching for it in the news is surprisingly difficult.
On Google News, all the stories are lumped into the “Entertainment” section, which requires considerable scrolling to get to. Stories are on CNN.com’s page, but the short title is “How alleged college scam came to light,” with no mention of rich kids or admissions. Bernie’s head injury got more text than this. CNBC has a more complete headline under Business News, and even Fox News has it buried near the bottom of its main page.
Given the massive attention paid by parents to getting kids in the right schools, and given the crazy increases in college spending that drive college debt (a problem crushing the Millennial Generation right now), this should be top news. In terms of affecting every day life for most Americans, this is more significant than fake news about the President and Russia.
Yet even the articles aren’t full of anger. Besides showing the facts, the opinion articles say things like “Colleges should do what they want!” and “People being rich is a scandal, not the admissions process,” and even “Colleges should use this to double down on diversity.“
Folks, colleges that happily accepted federal money, increased prices and passed on debt to future generations while continuing to turn out less and less actual education just got caught cheating on admissions. This is the one place where a kid that is smart, but maybe not well to do, should be able to achieve the American dream. We just proved that process is a bald-faced lie.
We should be outraged. That we aren’t speaks volumes about us.
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