This popped up on the news a couple of hours ago. Two well known actresses, a co-founder of a global law firm and other assorted very rich people shelled out millions of dollars to get their kids into elite colleges. Why am I not surprised.
Because you're probably smarter than some of the people who have graduated from some of those schools.
Elite colleges are not necessarily the best schools to go to.... education-wise, For many of the rich, elite colleges for their kids are status symbols, where the kids just can just bum around until they graduate with bogus degrees that they didn't really earn.
They don't have to work at it because they know the name of the college on that bit of paper at the end will open pleaty of doors.... while those kids who worked hard at non-elite schools often get overlooked. I worked with a bloke who attended a high profile college in Brisbane, yet he was as dumb as all fech and knew very little about anything. I could do his job better than he could, yet he was getting the big bucks because of his so-called schooling.
It's because anyone with money can buy whatever they want. But, in cases like this, only because the greedy let them.
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Not sure if this is funny or just sad - the NY Post is reporting that the older daughter of Lori Laughlin posted on Instagram that she wasn't really interested in attending classes at USC, but she really wanted to experience the party scene. So her mom might be going to jail to get her into a college she wasn't interested in and probably won't put in the effort to graduate from.
And that's what should happen... jail time for people who use their wealth to gain positions at high profile schools, particularly when those positions could and should have gone to more deserving students.
As for the party scene and not attending classes, I personally think the universities and colleges need to put their foot down and stamp out the 'Animal House' mentality that detracts severely from higher learning and productivity. Yeah, Animal House was a funny movie, but parents don't send their kids to college to behave like drunken louts. If a kid of mine behaved like that at college and learning wasn't the priority, I'd instantly pull the funding and make he or she go get a job.
Well I always get in trouble posting what I think. But honestly, if you can afford it, buy it. If however, only if you think it is worth the price. You deserve it because you worked hard for it. However, that does not mean your son or daughter is worth a crap because you sent them to an elite college. It could just mean they exit and are turned in to an elite fool like most I have seen.
But, whatever, spend your money as you wish. Makes no difference to me. I wouldn't hire them. I prefer life experience, and wisdom and how things actually work than BS papers showing how you know this and that, because, you really don't unless you experienced it. If you have no life experience, then you mean nothing to me.
Wealth and privilege seems to be a popular mindset among the so called elite. I wonder how many of them will buy their way out of jail.
RG, post what you want to say. Your right.
I hardly ever would reply back to a post like this but making an exception here. So you are saying rich people should buy whatever they want. I don't disagree with that. That is what goes on now with all the special rich movie stars and alike. They don't give a damn about anyone except their-self.
Having all the money they would ever need doesn't give anyone the right to purchase or pay for things that are Illegal. These people if or when caught should rot in jail.
Unfortaully, as most of you are older than me, I have learned when not to touch a post. No comment no reply, thanks.
It's good this problem is getting exposure but sadly I don't think anything will change. The wealthy always seem to get whatever they want. Look at Jared Kushner. Jared was a mediocre student in High School at best but Daddy donated 2.5 million to Harvard and lo and behold Jared went to Harvard. It's not just Hollywood people doing this. It's anybody with money. Money always has talked and people listen to money. It's plain and simple.
Hey. Just because I watched sand turn into glass I'm still not posting my age.
I don't mind posting mine.....................now where did I put that calculator.
You mean the abacus, don't you?
Yeah, Uvah's that old he was drawing a pension when the abacus first went on sale.
And math was done on papyrus.
No no........I was doin' my thing before the thumb was invented.
And starkers is so old he partnered with LightStar to make the first string of beads with pebbles from the Permian shore.
No no........I was doin' my thing before the thumb was invented. And starkers is so old he partnered with LightStar to make the first string of beads with pebbles from the Permian shore.
And then you got in the wrong queue at distribution.... and now you can't thumb your nose at anyone.
And you're so old you mistook the Big Bang for a knock at the door. Then you hightailed it out the back door just in case it was the cops.
And you're so old you forgot that you were the one that lit the fuse that made all this stuff happen. If it weren't for us old heads the sale on .edu would still be a sale instead of a giveaway.
A degree means nothing at the end of the day, because essentially it's just a piece of paper. Knowledge most certainly is more important, and if that knowledge accompanies that piece of paper then all well and good. Far too often, however, that piece of paper is solitary and lacks the credentials/ kinowledge that should go with it.
The smartest man I ever met left school when he was eight to help support his family. He never returned to school and never attended university, yet he has all the business smarts anyone could ever need. He started his own business with one truck and expanded it with additional trucks and drivers until he'd created Linfox, one of the largest transport companies in Australia, perhaps even the world as he also has overseas interests now as well.
What's more, he's a great bloke to work for... not stuck up, like some university types who think they're better than we peons.
You can say that but in the U.S. the better jobs go to people with degrees. That's a fact.
When the whole system is geared to people who are well to do then we will never get a fair system.
The college system in the U.S. is more or less a business. Like health care in the U.S. going to college costs way more than in other developed countries. When profits are the goal than people get less but end up paying more.
Add the fact that we have a unqualified billionaire in charge of the education system in this country.
Of just about every branch of government these days. You don't need a degree or experience. All you need is big bucks and the right stooge to give them to.
It's the same here in Australia.... that's why we have idiots running the asylum. Over my 65 years I have met and worked with many people with degrees and found over 50% have little to no common sense, are generally inept at just about everything and know little to nothing of the jobs they were hired to do. Frankly, I'd use their degrees as toilet paper, yet they continue to get the top jobs.
I'm not saying that all people with degrees are idiots... just a lot of those I have met. I've also met people who worked hard at university to become the best they could be, and a lot of those are/were umemployed because they are supposedly over-qualified. Over-qualified???? I mean, how could anyone be over-qualified because they have more than one degree and can do a bit more than the job in question requires? It's about money, really, not having to pay more than the advertised salary.
We had that here.... then one buffoon replaced another, as is usually the case.
The administration in charge of this country makes it a point of appointing people who actually are running down the department they are appointed to. For example, Scott Pruitt who's background was full of scandals. He was put in charge of the EPA but if you look you'll see that in Oklahoma he sued the EPA 14 times! So if you want to destroy a department put someone like that in charge of it. His tenure as chief of the EPA was mired in controversy and near scandal.
Pay big bucks...still come out dumber than a bag of wet hair. You can't fix stupid.
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