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College Admissions Scandal: FBI Targets Wealthy Parents - The Atlantic
For the parents charged in a new FBI investigation, crime was a cheaper and simpler way to get their kids into elite schools than the typical advantages wealthy applicants receive.
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2 days ago by po
Elite Colleges Make Low-Income Students Feel Unwelcome - The Atlantic
Unwritten rules underlie all of elite-university life—and students who don’t come from a wealthy background have a hard time navigating them.
elitism  colleges  universities  economic.status  class.war  income  wealth  inequality  inherited.wealth  meritocracy 
2 days ago by po
Meritocracy is a myth invented by the rich: The elite college admissions scandal in the US is a reminder that being born into wealth, not talent, is what determines the opportunities you have in life : TrueReddit
See these comments:

"one of my favorite books from college was "malign neglect." it was a long term sociological study of a two groups of kids living in a struggling/impoverished neighborhood.

they broke the kids into two groups -- those who were rule followers and worked hard, and those who felt like it didn't matter how hard they tried since the system was rigged against them. i'm sure i'm forgetting key details, but that was the general idea.

they studied these kids over the course of decades, to try to measure their life outcomes. there was absolutely no difference between the two groups. being black and poor was too powerful of a deterrent to success. hard work didn't really matter. rule following didn't really help. believing in the american dream didn't matter either.

and if my memory is anywhere close to correct, i think in the end a couple of the kids in the "give up, don't try" group ended up doing better with their lives than most of the "rule followers" did.

EDIT: the book was actually called "ain't no makin it" . also read malign neglect in the same course."


-> 'Americans get caught up in their own success'

defined as "cult of the self" and it dominates our cultural landscape.

This cult has within it the classic traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception, and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt. This is, of course, the ethic promoted by corporations. It is the ethic of unfettered capitalism. It is the misguided belief that personal style and personal advancement, mistaken for individualism, are the same as democratic equality. In fact, personal style, defined by the commodities we buy or consume, has become a compensation for our loss of democratic equality. We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy, and to become famous. Once fame and wealth are achieved, they become their own justification, their own morality. How one gets there is irrelevant. Once you get there, those questions are no longer asked.”
text linked to: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/7442191-the-cult-of-self-dominates-our-cultural-landscape-this-cult
wealth  psychology-wealth-power  culture  society  countries-united-states-america 
2 days ago by daguti
Celebrity parents and the bizarre 'cheating' scandal
A network of affluent parents were this week accused of using audacious practices to secure their children places at elite US universities. What exactly is alleged?

"What we do is we help the wealthiest families in America get their kids into school."

It was quite the mission statement.

The words were spoken by the alleged kingpin of United States' biggest ever university admissions scam, William "Rick" Singer, according to prosecutors.

He was making a pitch to a potential client, a wealthy New York lawyer, explaining the ways to get his child into a prestigious university.

There were the normal channels - which rich people did not want to be "messing around with", he said. And then there was the back door and the side door.

The back door necessitated contributing to "institutional advancement" - ie family connections or a multi-million-dollar donation, such as funding a new building, which is all legal.

But the side door - the one that Singer had his foot jammed in and has drawn the attention of the authorities - was more accessible.

He could guarantee success, he said. All you had to do was make a "financial commitment".
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