The “Privilege Reflection Forms” were given to students in a business class at Saratoga Springs High School, apparently with the approval of school administrators who considered it a useful tool to enlighten students on their relative status in society. According to the worksheet provided, students were told to calculate how privileged they are by adding or subtracting sums for possessing different attributes.
A growing movement of progressives is helping illegal immigrants get into college and white-collar jobs, giving them an advantage over many young Americans who are struggling to get into good colleges and to pay their college tuition and student loan debt.
On Wednesday, Mount Holyoke College announced that the newly-selected campus police chief Daniel Hect was placed on administrative leave after a backlash when students discovered he had liked conservative tweets on his Twitter account.
The idea of merit has fallen on evil times, as has its corollary concept, objectivity. These principles have now been breached by a consortium of the ideologically minded, who resemble a gang of robbers tunneling under a bank vault. The masterminds planning and executing this operation are a class of “treasonous” intellectuals as Julien Benda defined them, primarily academics, along with members of the political left.
In the interests of creating a society based on the axioms of “social justice”—which is really socialist justice—the principles of professional merit and scientific objectivity are dismissed by our mandarin class as forms of bigotry. As the professions, the educational institution, the political arena, and the scientific establishment engage in a process of diversification, accommodating claimants who trade on race and gender rather than ability and native endowment, merit is in the process of being replaced by outright mediocrity.
Educators, parents, and politicians in Ontario are reacting to reports the provincial government plans to cut thousands of full-time teaching positions over the next four years.
According to a memo sent by Ontario’s Ministry of Education to school board directors on Wednesday, 3,475 teaching positions will be phased out for an estimated saving of $851 million.
American college is terrible and, as a society, we should stop doing it – at least how it is being currently done. The greatest benefit of a system where most citizens are pushed to get college educations, whether they truly need and want one or not, would be a society of really smart, informed, and engaged citizens. Do you see that happening?
No, you do not.
Your kids are being used as political pawns.
Goaded on by their teachers, students across Ontario will walk out of classes on Thursday afternoon to protest an increase in class size.
A professor at an elite US school says an influx of unskilled and entitled students is monopolizing faculty time: ‘They will eat you alive’
If you think corruption in elite US college admissions is bad, what happens once those students are in the classroom is even worse.
I know, because I teach at an elite American university – one of the oldest and best-known, which rejects about 90% of applicants each year for the small number of places it can offer to undergraduates.
What the college-admissions scandal tells us about America’s broken meritocracy
If, like me, you’re an avid observer of human affairs at their most vain and status-crazed, you have been studying the College Cheating Scandal, or what investigators called Operation Varsity Blues, with all the intensity of a rabbinical scholar poring over Leviticus. Each reading yields delicious new details of greed, ambition, hypocrisy, and decadence. “Ah! Vanitas, Vanitatum!” as the author of the classic nineteenth-century novel Vanity Fair sighed. But eventually the mordant fun gives way to the recognition that what we have here is evidence of a serious sickness in the American meritocracy.
In 1938, an underprivileged but intelligent Los Angelino transplant pondered his future. Ray Bradbury, who shared a living-room pullout couch with his brother into adulthood and graduated from Los Angeles High School in the suit still sporting the bullet hole from his uncle’s murder six years earlier, could not afford to attend college. In lieu of this formal education, he resolved to go to the public library three days a week for four years to read, and read, and read.
Eighty years later, some locals intent on sending their kids to the best schools allegedly used their economic privilege to compensate for impoverishing their children intellectually. The FBI arrested Lori Loughlin, who played John Stamos’s wife on Full House, and Felicity Huffman, of Transamerica and Desperate Housewives fame, in its Operation Varsity Blues sting this week.
The real scam has less to do with the wealthy cheaters who got caught than with the university system itself.
The celebrity college-admissions cheating scandal has two clear takeaways: an elite college degree has taken on wildly inflated importance in American society, and the sports-industrial complex enjoys wildly inflated power within universities. Thirty-three moguls and TV stars allegedly paid admissions fixer William Singer a total of $25 million from 2011 to 2018 to doctor their children’s high school resumes—sending students to private SAT and ACT testing sites through false disability claims, for example, where bought-off proctors would raise the students’ scores. Singer forged athletic records, complete with altered photos showing the student playing sports in which he or she had little experience or competence. Corrupt sports directors would then recommend the student for admission, all the while knowing that they had no intention of playing on the school’s team.
Amid the college-admissions bribery scandal that has dominated the news cycle for days, Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and co-founder of STX Entertainment Bill McGlashan, were handed a $500 billion lawsuit from a frustrated mother claiming her son was disadvantaged as a result of their fraudulent actions.
Wouldn’t it be great if this destroyed the current higher education system?
Another day, another scandal. This one involves higher education in America which, come to think of it, was something of a scandal already. The cost of a college degree has risen far more dramatically over the last few years than the consumer-price index. Over the last 40 years, college tuition and fees increased by 1321%. The cost of health care, where prices are routinely assumed to be out of control, rose by just over half that much.
Health care is, of course, something we literally cannot live without, so we pay up and complain about it and, in some cases, vote for Bernie Sanders who promises to make it free. Which recalls P. J. O’Rourke’s immortal insight. “If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is free.”
The alleged college cheating scandal in the US, which accuses the rich and famous of paying vast sums to fraudulently enhance their children prospects, has sparked a conversation over the role money and privilege play in the US education system.
The scandal involves various illegal tactics to boost the probability that the children of wealthy parents will be admitted to elite universities.
While some of the details are bizarre – including super-imposing student’s heads onto athletes’ bodies – many see parallels between this alleged scam and the way wealth affects education more generally.
During the protest against Birmingham headteacher Andrew Moffatt’s decision to introduce lessons on equality, same-sex marriage and relationships one speaker said being gay should not be given a ‘positive spin’.
He then called the lessons, designed to teach the children at Parkfield Community Scool about equality and introduce them to books called ‘Mummy, Mama and Me’ and ‘King & King’, ‘toxic’ and an ‘aggressive indoctrination’.