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Bridget Foley’s Diary: Side-Door Shameless

The college admissions scandal: it’s a real-life “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (best mother-daughter movie ever). Only the promote-the-kids-at-all-costs parents aren’t small-town, lower-middle-class folk with accents Hollywood mocks. They’re fancy coastal types with glorious homes and impressive CVs. And their parental crime of choice isn’t murdering the competition as in the movie (as far as we know, anyway), but a litany that includes wire fraud, bribery and racketeering.
Any parent who has lived through the college application process at least in the last 15 years knows that it is hideous and unfair, its angst levels driven by entitled students and parents, particularly those of means, but especially by the institutional arrogance of the American higher education behemoth that makes groveling fools out of millions of otherwise intelligent adults. For decades, students and their parents have used any methods necessary — padded résumés, pricy tutors, the ridiculously exotic extracurricular or two and often, mega donations — to achieve advantage in the applications rat race. The price of back-door entry may be tainted, but it’s not illegal, and one could hardy call it secret.
Within that framework, the massive case laid out by the Justice Department on Tuesday still stuns. I feel a little private shame

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