Why Did It Take a Celebrity Scandal to Talk Absurd College Costs

Appears in: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Sara Goldrick-Rab and Abigail Seldin, for the Inquirer

March 14, 2019

“The new admissions scandal is another sign of a badly broken system. For decades, fearful parents have invested in their children (test prep tutors! “Volun-tourism” to poorer countries!) with their hopes pinned on admission to just a few of our country’s fine colleges and universities. These parents will jump through every hoop — and spend every dime — to stack the odds in favor of a child’s admission to an elite school. The rich and powerful, celebrities among them, are falling for this nonsense.”

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