Education

Cheating to Get Your Kids into College Turns Them into Monsters

Actor Felicity Huffman departs an initial hearing in a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the U.S. federal courthouse in Los Angeles, Calif., March 12, 2019. (Mike Blake/REUTERS)
Spoiled kids think they can get away with anything because their parents have taught them that they can.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that 50 people — including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman — have been charged with using bribes or cheating on standardized tests to get their kids into better colleges than they deserved.

Potentially going to prison just so your daughter can go to college for the partying and Instagram likes is sadder than Old Yeller. I mean, seriously. Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, is not the higher-education type. In a video she released in August, Giannulli said “I don’t know how much school I’m gonna attend” and “I don’t really care about school,” explaining that she was more interested in the “game days” and the “partying.”

It must be disappointing to realize that you spent $500,000 and are now facing prison time for trying to help a kid who clearly didn’t really care. Here’s the thing, though: Life lessons such as “hard work pays off” and “you have to work hard for what you want” can sometimes be even more valuable than what you’d learn in the college classes that Giannulli admitted she intends to blow off.

Instead of letting them learn these lessons, these parents are warping their children to believe that they are simply entitled to whatever they want regardless of effort or merit, simply because of how rich their parents are. Giannulli doesn’t plan on going to class because, well, her parents taught her that she doesn’t really have to go.

I am sure these parents were just trying to help, but really all they’ve done is turn their kids into the kind of people who are totally intolerable to be around. I don’t know Giannulli, but I don’t need to know her to know that someone who shows absolutely no gratitude for the opportunity she has been given isn’t the kind of gal I’d want to be friends with. If you disagree, then I’d suggest you check out the YouTube videos she’s made bragging about all of the luxury items she got for Christmas, because “cringeworthy” doesn’t even begin to cover it.

The truth is, spoiled kids like Giannulli think they can get away with anything because their parents have taught them that they can. If you don’t believe me, just check out this video of a kid defending his parents for allegedly helping their daughter cheat on standardized tests while he’s smoking a blunt on the streets of New York City, where marijuana is illegal. Clearly, he isn’t concerned about the law, because he knows that none of the consequences he might face will ever actually be his own. His parents will bail him out, as they probably always have.

I’ve had to work really hard for everything that I have, and I can admit that there have been times when I wished I had rich parents who could use their money, power, and prestige to lighten that load for me. Now, however, I’m so grateful that I had to do things for myself — because I’ve grown up to be not a total jerk. I’ve learned the value of things like hard work, independence, and perseverance, and I wasn’t dumb enough to buy a ticket for the Fyre Festival.

Don’t get me wrong: There’s nothing wrong with parents legally helping their children when they have the ability to do so. There’s nothing wrong with giving them advantages, but teaching them that their parents’ cash makes them above things like rules and consequences isn’t going to do anything except turn them into unbearable nightmares.

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