The US college admissions scandal is fascinating, if not surprising.
Over 30 wealthy parents have been criminally charged over a scheme in which they allegedly paid a company large sums of money to get their children into top universities. The duplicity involved was extreme: everything from paying off university officials to inventing learning disabilities to facilitate cheating on standardized tests. One father even faked a photo of his son pole vaulting in order to convince admissions officers that the boy was a star athlete.
It’s no secret that wealthy people will do nearly anything to get their kids into good schools.
But this scandal only begins to reveal the lies that sustain the American idea of meritocracy.