I went to Harvard with Jared Kushner so mostly my comment about this whole bribery scandal is that Harvard is better at getting big bribes. $500K for a whole kid?? Harvard got $25 million just for Jared!!! Do better, Yale!
— Chanda Prescod-Weinstein ??????? ?????? (@IBJIYONGI) March 12, 2019
Opening up post-secondary education to aspiring youth of modest means (as with the land-grant college system) was one of the factors that enabled America’s prosperity boom in the late 1800s… which lead, tragically, to the first Gilded Age. The current retrofitting of our most prestigious educational institutions into ‘daycare centers for adolescents maturing enough to take their nepotism slot at daddy’s business’ is the equivalent of cutting down every tree on the islands to build giant totem figures. It’s good for the elite minority who improve their all-important social status, but not for the survival of society as a whole.
A few months ago I was interviewing a college admissions coach who told me the following about how big of a donation it takes to get a child into an Ivy no questions asked: "There’s a certain magic number. It’s way higher than people think: $10 million."
— Dana Goldstein (@DanaGoldstein) March 12, 2019
The admissions slots were stolen from the colleges and resold on the black market. Which is a crime, for good reason. We don’t have to act like there wasn’t a legal, primary market for the admissions slots already. https://t.co/7fPPgAD5H0
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) March 12, 2019
One must have a college degree to get a decent job today; and the value of a degree from one of the top colleges can be measured in hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of one’s career. Getting the most ‘prestigious’ degree possible becomes a Red Queen’s Race…
Some ppl don't fully appreciate the psychological toll it takes on a student to navigate a school environment that both implicitly & explicitly tells you that you only got in because of an undeserving hand-out, meanwhile somebody's parents donate a building & no one bats an eye.
— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) March 12, 2019
Seems like a good day to make the case for the social utility of proper public funding for state universities.
— Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) March 12, 2019
If you tax rich people more and use the money to make public colleges free, they would have less money lying around to Photoshop their children into private colleges.
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) March 13, 2019
I always thought the free college part of Bernie’s platform was the weakest, but that it generated a lot of excitement from people in their 20’s & 30’s w a lot of college debt from attending expensive schools.
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) March 13, 2019
A college admissions consultant on Rick Singer, mastermind of cheating scheme: “He’s in this business like Michael Cohen is in the lawyering business. The guy’s a fixer. He’s not an educational consultant.” https://t.co/8tkSOtOglU
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) March 13, 2019
Looping back to the Trump Crime Cartel…
Just saw that Tom Barrack is on USC board. Is there any scandal to which he is not peripheral?
— Denise Louis ?? (@birdyluisa) March 14, 2019