I thought I’d heard it all a year or so ago when I found out that the principal of one of the schools I attended many moons in the past had accepted bribes to raise the students’ grades for their academically-obsessed, monetarily loaded parents, but guess what? Though I never thought I would say this, that particular school mess pales in comparison to this latest one.
This one is making headlines all over the world – as well it should!
It seems that the University of North Carolina has been involved in a massive academic fraud scenario. Over the past 14 years, folks, they have given 3,100 students, yes, that’s three thousand one hundred students, fake grades for non-existent classes – just to pass morons in the athletics department! After all, what’s important at a college, anyway – giving the students an education, or playing ball?
At UNC, the priority seems to have been playing ball.
If this isn’t the most ridiculous scam I have ever heard of involving a school, then I don’t know what is. What are they thinking of at such an “institution of higher learning”? What do they think their students – all their students, at the moment, not just the idiot jocks whose grades had to be fudged – look like, now that the unethical practices allowed there are common knowledge? I can’t even imagine doing anything even remotely this stupid once and then hoping to get away with it, let alone perpetrating such a scam 3,100 times! If you are a Human Resources manager, looking to hire a graduate of the place, would you even want to interview someone with a degree from UNC, or would you toss their resume in the nearest garbage can since it might just belong to a kid with a transcript filled with fake A’s and the dubious ethics that would have had to be involved for them to accept it in the first place?
Sometimes a school is run by individuals who are so hideous that it won’t ever recover. It may be unfair to the majority of the students, but this sounds like one of those.
The mascot of this ridiculous school is a ram, and if I were a graduate, or worse, if I’d spent my hard-earned money paying for a child to be educated at such a place, I’d hope a nice ram might just go on the charge and boot some of the unethical, sports-crazed losers that run UNC right out the door – say, three thousand, one hundred times. :-)