Would You Pay/Cheat to Get Your Kids Ahead?
Most people have probably seen the news this week: dozens of parents and coaches indicted in a shocking college admission scam.
Rich, elite and some famous parents paid up to $500,000 to scam their kids guarantee into elite and ivy-league schools like USC and Yale. Some kids got into schools as recruits on sports teams for sports they've literally never even played. Other kids got into schools via falsified SAT scores.
There's obvious reasons that this is wrong other than just fraud in general. The number of students who get into these schools each year is not unlimited. So if a student scams their way into a school, they're literally taking the place and opportunity from someone who actually did the work to get in. This is completely morally corrupt. You're stealing an opportunity from someone because you have the financial means to do so.
I've heard so many debates this week on this subject. Many parents say they'd pay for their kid to get ahead if they had the opportunity to. But what are you teaching your child in that circumstance? That you don't have to work hard? That if you have money, you can buy your way into what you want instead of doing the work to get there?
I've yet to hear a solid argument that outweighs the fact that this is literally stealing an opportunity from someone less fortunate who worked hard. And I don't think there is one.