I guess it is true what they say. College isn’t for everyone.

And as it turns out, this is might be especially true if you are a thinking person.

Or, if you believe in fairness and equality.

Or, if you believe in justice and free speech.

Or, if you believe in academic freedom.

As it turns out, college can be just as corrupt, unfair, tyrannical and unjust as the rest of the world, maybe even more so.

What else can one think when faced with the latest scandal to hit the Ivory Towers of America’s most elite schools, where well-heeled and famous parents are alleged to have paid millions of dollars in scams to cheat college admissions so their kids could get into top schools?

The scams reveal a lot about higher education today, which is increasingly a place where no one with an independent brain might want to be.

We all know that every parent would do everything they can to help their kid get into the best school possible.

Some parents lay down the law about their child’s study habits throughout their academic life.

Some parents pay high-priced learning centers or tutors for extra coaching for their kids. Some pay for coaching on how to take the big tests — the ACT and the SAT.

Some parents pay exorbitant amounts to athletic camps and travel leagues to help their kids excel in sports with the hopes of obtaining an athletic scholarship to a Division I school.

And we now know that some parents allegedly pay exorbitant fees for bribes, fake resumes and fake sports accomplishments to get into top universities.

The fact that these undeserving students can get into these prestigious schools also says something about higher education in the United States today. It’s baffling why a parent would waste so much time, effort and money to get their low-performing offspring into a school they don’t deserve. Isn’t it likely the student would eventually flunk out?

But apparently they don’t. It seems you don’t have to get perfect scores on the SAT or have a 5.0 GPA on a 4-point scale to do well at Harvard, or USC or Stanford. You just have to get in, by hook or crook. The school will do the rest.

Apparently the whole testing scheme and admission process is a sham.

The latest revelations are just another chip in the so-called Ivory Towers to go along with all the other shams of higher learning in America today.

We’ve already seen that a college campus is nowhere to be if you care about free speech. The exchange of ideas is only OK on a college campus if they are the ideas deemed correct. Conservative speakers are routinely chased off college campuses by students.

Conservative firebrands like Ben Shapiro and Ann Coulter to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former CIA director John Brennan have been chased off campuses. Even former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez got shouted down at the University of Chicago.

A group of students at Sarah Lawrence University want a professor kicked off the faculty because he wrote an essay in the New York Times showing that student affairs administrators lean far more to the left than faculty.

It seems everyone is gaming the system to get their way.

Oh, except for those kids who can’t even get in the game.

Randy Blaser is a freelance columnist.



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