OUR VIEW: The fundamental truth about college admissions

www.kentwired.com – RSS Results in opinion* of type article Fifty individuals have been accused in what is being called the largest-ever college admissions scam prosecuted by the Department of Justice, including actress Lori Loughlin.It’s weird for us to see Loughlin, known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis or America’s “Aunt Becky” in ABC sitcom “Full House,” doing something this unethical in real life. She was always the voice of reason on the show, giving the girls advice on how to handle life. What she didn’t talk about, however, was how to illegally get your kid into college. She foiled Uncle Jesse’s plan of getting their twin boys, Nicky and Alex, into a prestigious preschool in a season 6 episode of the show, so this scam is ironic. Right now, we’re sitting in a room of students who worked incredibly hard to get into college. We all knew that some people were getting spots at universities that weren’t necessarily deserved; that’s kind of common knowledge at this point, but it doesn’t make it sting any less.
It seems like these accused parents missed a fundamental truth about college admissions. Getting into college isn’t really about how smart you are — it’s about actually caring. Because so much of college admission is based on ACT and SAT scores, the amount of effort students put into preparing for those tests ultimately plays an outsized role in determining which schools they can get into. That’s totally disregarding the financial element, which of course limits most American high-schoolers’ college options.Anyone can check out an ACT prep book from the public library and study it for a couple weeks to improve their score by several points. That doesn’t cost anything, and from experience, it works. If these celebrities and wealthy cheaters wanted their children to get into prestigious schools, they would have been …

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