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Parental Perspective

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You’ve almost certainly been reading about the college cheating scandal, which broke yesterday. This is an intensely personal story for me for a variety of reasons:

  • My eldest child completed the college application process this year;
  • I live in the Silicon Valley, where get-ahead-at-any-cost is the mantra of so many parents;
  • There are local parents who were arrested in the scandal;
  • My values are absolutely anchored in meritocracy

Let me say at the outset how thrilled and delighted I am to see a government agency actually accomplish something. The fact that these rich, out-of-touch, self-entitleddimwits have had their lives instantly ruined thrills my soul. What I would have given to have seen the look on Felicity Huffman’s withered face when they slapped the cuffs on her. Boy, oh boy. To say nothing of her husband, William H. Macy, an actor I used to respect.