What does it mean to cheat? Is it looking at someone else’s answers while taking a test? Is it taking an extra bite of cake when someone’s not looking? Is it winning a race by skipping a few laps around the track? How about the person who let you cheat—is that person a cheater too? Whatever the definition, cheaters never actually win. It’s true! Just ask some adults who were recently caught cheating. How were they cheating? Well, they helped their children get into college by paying people to retake or change the questions on their college entrance exams, bribing admissions directors to accept their children into their colleges, and convincing coaches to accept their children as star athletes (when they weren’t). Some of the accused are Hollywood celebrities and other wealthy families who can afford to spend tens of thousands of dollars to buy their children’s way into the colleges of their choice. While that’s been a great scandal in and of itself, perhaps the bigger concern when this cheating was revealed was how many qualified students didn’t get in to these prestigious colleges as a result of these bribes. Did every college candidate actually have an equal chance of getting into these colleges, or was the scale tipped toward wealthy families from the very beginning? If the college admissions process has been rigged this entire time, how can the system be changed? So many questions—we know! But it’s a huge scandal that has a lot of parents and students wondering what will happen next.
What do you think colleges can do to clean up their admissions process?