FBI Exposes Wealthy Parents Rigging College for Kids. But It Was Always Rigged.

The Daily Signal | 3/12/2019 | Staff
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Mary Clare Amselem is a policy analyst in education policy at The Heritage Foundation.

The FBI dropped a new bombshell on Tuesday, and this time the scandal is Russian-free.

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Dozens of wealthy parents, including notable celebrities, were charged in a college admissions scandal and accused of paying a total of $25 million in payments to cheat their children into school.

According to Politico, “parents paid a college counseling test prep business in Newport Beach, Calif., called ‘The Key’, which bribed college coaches and administrator and organized a scheme to help students cheat on college entrance exams, including the ACT and SAT.”

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It is disappointing that these parents would resort to such measures to ensure that their children get into elite colleges. But Americans should not be surprised that the system is broken. It always has been, and working-class Americans are paying for it.

Take, for example, our student loan system.

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For the most part, students who earn bachelor’s degrees have higher lifetime earnings than students with only a high school degree. So why have lawmakers promulgated policies like loan forgiveness, the in-school interest subsidy, and even “free” college, to remove financial responsibility from the elite one-third of Americans who obtain the highly sought-after bachelor’s degree?

The hardworking two-thirds of Americans who have bypassed this system altogether should not have to absorb the cost for students who are far more likely to achieve high career earnings.

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Additionally, left-wing politicians have recently pushed for “free college” options that would entirely remove all financial responsibility from students and transfer those costs to taxpayers. California, for example, is considering legislation that would grant all citizens access to free college, including the children of Hollywood elite.

These policies fuel the troublesome trend of degree inflation. It is true that higher levels of education indicate higher levels of earnings, and some may argue that...
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