The Story that everyone has been talking about is the college cheating scandal that involves 50 people, two of them being Hollywood stars. These individuals are accused of paying bribes to get their children into top colleges. Felicity Hoffman known for her role in Desperate housewives and Lori Loughin known for her role in Full House along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli were all arrested.
Felicity Hoffman has allegedly paid 15,000 to have someone secretly change her daughters SAT results during the examination. Lori Loughlin and her husband have allegedly agreed to pay bribes of 500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters get into the University of Southern California.
They all have been released from prison and have to await trial. This scheme has been uncovered by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Boston. This case involves 50 parents paying bribes which is said to total up to 6 million to get their children into these elite schools.
This is a sad case and it is morally and legally wrong. It says a lot about the parents and the example they are setting for their children. Parents should strive to teach their children about hard work and not cheating their way through life. They are setting the example about using their privilege to get what they want, whether it’s criminal or not. Furthermore this say a lot about these institutions who pride themselves in ethics and fairness. This takes away from all the students that worked extremely hard to get into these schools. It shows the rest of the world that it is not about grades and with the right amount of money your children can get into any school of their choice.
It is sad , that everything in this world could be bought and education is one of them. It should not be like that, everyone should be treated equally regardless of socio-economic status. Individuals should get into these institutions based on their academic achievements. I know now people will view these elite colleges differently. We will always wonder who got in due to hard work and who got in due to the privilege they were born into?