I know many kids who are coached into accomodations who aren't wealthy, and there is absolutely no stigma to getting them-actually, those kids say they are smarter than most as they know how to work the system.
At Scarsdale High School north of New York City, one in five students is eligible for extra time or another accommodation such as a separate room for taking the SAT or ACT college entrance exam.
At Weston High School in Connecticut, it is one in four. At Newton North High School outside Boston, it’s one in three.
“Do I think that more than 30% of our students have a disability?” said Newton Superintendent David Fleishman. “No. We have a history of over-identification [as learning-challenged] that is certainly an issue in the district.”
The podcast features original interviews with college admissions experts, reporters and students who admitted to cheating on the SATs to get into the college of their choice. Gangster Capitalism also stages dramatic recreations of the phone conversations that were taped by the FBI as part of its investigation, the transcripts of which are featured in the 204-page affidavit the FBI released last March. One of the phone conversations recreated in the first episode involves Felicity Huffman, the former Desperate Housewives star.
“We felt that bringing the transcriptions of the conversations in the affidavit to life was the most dramatic and efficient way to portray both the inner-workings of Rick Singer’s scheme, as well as how brazen and egregious this all was,” Zak Levitt, executive vice president of production at C13Originals, tells Rolling Stone. “It’s all there, laid out in vivid detail, and hearing it not only illustrates the crimes, but it really shines a light on many of the larger aspects of this story, like wealth, greed, obsession with status, and even a sense of moral ambiguity.”
Notably, the podcast features audio of Jenks’ confrontational encounter with Singer outside of a community center pool in St. Petersburg, Florida, where the mastermind of the college admissions scandal was recently spotted.
I really wonder how these kids are going to manage in the real world.
Grades are challenged, deadlines extended, and that's just the academic side. I'll bet we have all seen outrageous behavior from parents who want their kid on the varsity team or to get more playing time.
More time on the ACT can make a huge difference.