Leonard Cohen: Admissions scandal shows that ‘ordinary kids’ stuck in middle

  • William “Rick” Singer founder of the Edge College & Career Network, departs federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12 after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. AP photo

Published: 3/29/2019 8:52:02 PM

In the USA, a meritocracy, based on proven competence, was proposed as a solution to the European concept of aristocracy, based on the hereditary passage of power and influence from one generation to the next, regardless of competence.

However, as the recent scandal involving affluent families cheating and buying their mediocre children’s way into prestigious educational institutions shows, that’s not they way it goes here in the good old US of A.

Basically, a new hereditary aristocracy has formed, in which competent people assure their less-than-talented children and grandchildren a place in the higher rungs of society by simply gaming the merit-based system. Put in the clearest terms, it’s affirmative action for the progeny of the rich, talented and powerful.

So now we have a system in which two different forms of affirmative action are at play. One for those at the bottom end of the socioeconomic ladder and one for those at the top end. Caught in the middle is the rest of society; ordinary kids, plugging away without expensive tutors and “educational counselors,” hoping the meritocracy will work for them. Best of luck my friends.

Leonard Cohen

Northampton




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