A college admissions scandal involving celebrities, coaches, and CEOs continues to make headlines, due in part to the fame and fortune of the alleged participants. But what does the scandal say about our culture and ethics?
"What concerns me in this situation is that there's a line of thinking that if it feels good, do it; if you can get away with it, do it, and if you have the money, you can do anything, no matter if it crosses the line of morality," says author, professor, and Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell. "It's disappointing, but not surprising."
Rev. Ben Johnson, managing editor at the Acton Institute, thinks this scandal reflects today's culture of entitlement and mediocrity.
"This is obviously discriminatory against students who actually worked hard, who have taken the time to study, hit the books, and who would have had the ability to effectively enjoy and use that education -- people who actually merit that spot," Johnson tells OneNewsNow. "This is almost a form of child abuse by the parents."
Johnson says the reported bribery that has taken place involved anywhere from $500,000 to more than $6 million in some cases.
"These parents could have used that money in order to hire tutors, coaches, in order to invest that money in developing the skills that would have allowed their students to fulfill those positions and attain that level on their own," he continues. "Instead, this teaches them that they are entitled to a position in an elite university and the network of opportunities that that creates without putting in the effort to earn it, and that is not only harmful to the system and to those who are denied, but it's harmful to the students who believe that the way to get ahead is who you know rather than your ability to perform."
Meanwhile, author and radio personality Dr. Alex McFarland says it has long been no secret that the classroom is broken. Now it is evident that the admissions and the administration are broken as well.
"I mean, what worth is a college degree when essentially your parents can buy a degree or a placement for you," he asks. "It just shows you that the left that has had their foot on the neck of American education for years, they've lost their moral compass."
McFarland adds this is an opportunity for the Church and Christian colleges to promote true wealth.
"True wealth is not in how much power or fame you have," he submits. "True wealth is that you've got a moral compass and you've got an ethical conviction that you live by."