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Gary Shapiro: College admissions scandal highlights fundamental flaws in higher education

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02.06.2019

Former assistant University of Southern California soccer coach Laura Janke switched her plea to guilty in the college admissions scam admitting to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Our Constitution, democracy and culture are based on individual liberty, competition and rewards for those who fairly achieve and succeed. The wealthy parents who paid for fake test scores or bribed coaches to get their kids into elite schools don’t seem to understand that concept.

The silver lining of the 2019 college admissions scandal is it shed a bright light on how we subsidize higher education. College is the measurable exit ramp from poverty to realizing the American Dream. And so our federal funding, including subsidized loans and approach to education should be fair, transparent and strategic. The average four-year college graduate makes 65 percent more annually than someone with a high school degree.

If education is society’s escape valve from poverty, then access to it should be our........

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