Thursday, March 14, 2019

Bribing colleges might help students learn math

Here’s a short report from 538’s Significant Digits email.

761 admissions
The major rich-people-cheat-to-get-their-kids-into-college scandal investigated by the FBI continues to unfold. William Rick Singer, a reported ringleader of the scam who pleaded guilty this week, said he facilitated 761 “side doors” to admission at colleges such as Yale University, Stanford University and Georgetown University by bribing administrators or helping students cheat on standardized tests. [NBC News]

And here’s more.

New Yorker satirist Andy Borowitz reports that Betsy DeVos Suggests That Bribing Colleges Helps Students Learn Math.

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Offering an upbeat assessment of the headline-grabbing college-admissions scandal, Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that bribing colleges gave students “a really neat opportunity” to learn math.

The Secretary of Education suggested that, rather than keeping children in the dark about the bribes that enable their college acceptances, “Parents should sit around the kitchen table with their kids and work on some fun math problems together.”

“Let’s say it’ll cost Amber seventy-five thousand dollars to get into Stanford, and it’ll cost her twin brother Dylan seventy-five thousand to get into Georgetown,” she said. “How much money total will their parents have to wire?”

“Or let’s say Jenna has a 470 verbal score, but she needs a 730 to get into Yale,” DeVos said. “How much will she have to pay to get her score changed?”

DeVos said that, as regrettable as the criminal charges against the parents in the bribery scandal were, the arrests themselves provided a teachable moment. “Lori Loughlin posted a million dollars in bail, and Felicity Huffman posted two hundred fifty thousand,” she said. “How much bail did Lori and Felicity post?”

There’s nothing like a good laugh now and then to lighten the burdens of the day. - Yen Lo in the original Manchurian Candidate.

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