Those of you who know me, know that I am not an apologist for the rich. I take them to task more often than not for their selfish entitled behavior. However, in the Varsity Blues case, I feel somewhat differently. Partially, because I come from a modest background which meant that college was not going to be something I could easily pursue out of high school. I was very jealous of my classmates who came from money and did not need to worry about where the tuition would come from to pay for the university education.
I had to make a go of it without the degree. I tried very hard to be professional and to get an education on my own. I was very frustrated when despite my skills and professionalism many times the lack of a degree closed doors to me. I eventually had to get one about ten years ago, because as I got older I knew that I may have to move into management. Without a degree, I would be unable to make that move, even though I had learned that most of the college people I met were not that educated.
My efforts to achieve a real education so that my writing and business acumen were unquestionable had been successful. My ability to write business correspondence far exceeded my college-educated colleagues. In my youth, I had been a little skeptical about college as being “necessary”. I also felt like it was mostly a path for the privileged and not one my family could afford to give me. It seemed much of college had to do with the ability of the family to pay. My early career in business appeared to bear this out unquestionably.
Therein lies the reason for why I think Lori Loughlin has a case and could get acquitted. As we see the growth of student loan debt coupled with graduated students being unable to land jobs, the academic racket has become ever more exposed. The meritocracy that once was college in America has become a place of privilege based upon money, not upon merit. Graduates from major universities in the United States believe the Earth is flat! There can be no clearer measure of academia’s failure than having graduates who believe the Earth to be flat!
The meritocracy has long been dead. Lori Loughlin would be acting in a quite logical manner to “jump through the hoops” as described to her by academic coaches and experts. There was clearly a culture of corruption at the major universities. Loughlin’s lawyers should have no problems documenting this fact. It is the universities who should be on trial here. She felt she had no choice, but pay the “extra fees” being requested.
The universities have been taking in enormous amounts of money from students through loans and NOT providing employable skills. American universities represent a culture of corruption that Loughlin felt she had to operate in to give her daughters the opportunity such an education provides. The opportunity is not an actual education, but rather connections to alumni networks of powerful people that assist other alumni throughout their lives. Many a UCLA graduate will gladly open their door to another Bruin without looking at their resume. This is the culture that has replaced the meritocracy that was once America.
Felicity Huffman should never have plead guilty. She, like Lori Loughlin, actually acted in a reasonable manner given the corrupt culture that America academia has become. These women of power and privilege are not my favorite people. However, from where I sit they acted in a very reasonable manner given how corrupt the American institutions of education are. It is American Academia that should be on trial, not misguided parents of privilege being milked by consultants and coaches attached to academia.