Bennett reacts to the college admissions bribery scandal

Bennett reacts to the college admissions bribery scandal

October 9, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


FOR A DAY HERE. GOOD MORNING TO YOU. FEDERAL AUTHORITIES NOW CHARGING DOZENS OF WEALTHY PARENTS ARE BRIBERY AND FRAUD FOR ALLEGEDLY BUYING THEIR CHILDREN ADMISSION TO ELITE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. AMONG THOSE NAMED TV ACTRESSES FELICITY HUFFMAN AND LORI LOUGHLIN. THE F.B.I. BREAKING THE CASE YESTERDAY DURING OUR PROGRAM AFTER A MASSIVE NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION.>>MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS NOT A CASE WHERE PARENTS WERE ACTING IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THEIR CHILDREN. THIS IS A CASE WHERE THEY FLAUNTED THEIR WEALTH, SPARING NO EXPENSE TO CHEAT THE SYSTEM SO THEY COULD SET THEIR CHILDREN UP FOR SUCCESS WITH THE BEST EDUCATION MONEY COULD BUY LITERALLY.>>Bill: DR. WILLIAM BENNETT FORMER SECRETARY OF EDUCATION, HOST OF THE WISE GUYS ON FOX NATION AND FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR. GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK. THANK YOU FOR ACCEPTING OUR INVITATION. ONE OF THE MAIN POINTS YOU’RE MAKING HERE, BILL, IS HOW MUCH INTEREST THIS STORY HAS CAPTURED. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS?>>EVEN BIGGER THAN THE ODELL BECKHAM STORY, BILL, AT LEAST TO ME. I THINK TO YOU AS WELL. BUT SERIOUSLY, THE MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT THE STORY IS THE INTEREST IT IS GENERATING. HOW BIG IT IS AND HOW MUCH IT MATTERS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. YOU STEP BACK AND WONDER WHY, BECAUSE PEOPLE KNOW IN THEIR HEARTS THAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESOURCES HAVE ADVANTAGES. THAT’S WHAT RESOURCES MEANS, YOU HAVE ADVANTAGES. IN THE CASE OF THEIR KIDS THEY CAN MOVE IF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AREN’T GOOD TO AN AREA WHERE THE SCHOOLS ARE GOOD OR THEY CAN BUY A PRIVATE SCHOOL EDUCATION, TUTORS, SUMMER PROGRAMS TO ENRICH THAT RESUME. BUT I THINK WHAT SHOCKED PEOPLE HERE WAS THE OUTRIGHT FRAUD, THE CHEATING, THE DEGREE TO WHICH PEOPLE WILL GO TO ADVANCE THEIR CHILDREN’S INTEREST AND THAT’S RIGGING THE SYSTEM AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE REACT VISCERALLY TO THAT AND THEY’RE CORRECT TO REACT VISCERALLY TO THAT.>>Sandra: YOU WONDER IF IT’S THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG, THE U.S. ATTORNEYS OFFICE AND IRS MADE THIS OFFICE YESTERDAY SAID THEY’RE STILL LOOKING INTO OTHER PARENTS WHO HAVE DONE THIS, OTHER COACHES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT THIS DOES EFFECT.>>YOU HAVE THE HOLLYWOOD DIMENSION, WHICH HELPS WITH THE HEADLINES. BUT YOU’VE ALSO GOT SOME CEOs, SOME VERY ESTABLISHED PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN THIS. AND AGAIN, REMEMBER, I WAS SECRETARY OF EDUCATION AND I DID A RADIO SHOW AND I DO A PODCAST NOW. THE THING I GET CALLS FROM AND NOTES FROM THE MOST IS FROM PARENTS SEEKING ADVICE ABOUT THEIR KIDS’ COLLEGE. WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE, WHERE SHOULD SHE GO, WHERE SHOULD HE APPLY? TO AMERICANS COLLEGE IS THE WAY UP. THE WAY TO UPWARD MOBILITY TO SUCCEED. TO THINK THAT THE SYSTEM IS BEING GAMED TO THIS DEGREE I THINK REALLY SHOCKS AND DISTURBS PEOPLE. I HAVE TO SAY BASED ON THE EVIDENCE, I THINK I KNOW THIS PRETTY WELL, IT IS NOT THE MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE — MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN A PERSON’S SUCCESS. IT HAS TO DO MORE WITH THE PERSONS ABILITY. THE S.A.T. SCORES ARE A BETTER PREDICTOR THAN WHERE YOU GO TO COLLEGE. FACTORS OF GRIT AND DETERMINATION. YOUR ABILITY TO SET A TASK FOR YOURSELF. THESE ARE MORE IMPORTANT. BUT A FACT IS A FACT. THE FACT IS AMERICANS CARE DEEPLY ABOUT WHERE THEIR KIDS GO TO SCHOOL.>>Bill: ONE THING THAT STRIKES ME. THIS WORLD IS FAUX FOR SO MANY. YOU CAN MAKE IT SO BASED ON TECHNOLOGY. THERE ARE REPORTS THAT SOME OF THESE HEAD SHOTS WERE PHOTO SHOPPED ONTO THE BODY OF OTHER YOUNG ATHLETES AND THEY WOULD USE THAT IN ORDER TO MAKE THE PITCH THAT THEY SHOULD BE ON THE ROWING TEAM OR WHICHEVER AVENUE THEY CHOSE. YOU THINK A LOT ABOUT THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION AND THE TECHNOLOGY THAT COLLIDES IN THEIR LIFE ON A DAILY BASIS. YOU CAN LIVE A LIFE THAT’S OF YOUR OWN MAKING AND IT IS ALL ONLINE.>>ENTIRELY FALSE.>>AND IT’S PHONY.>>YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. HERE THE SYSTEM WAS USED, GAMED BY THIS MR. SINGER, THE GUY WHO FINALLY WENT STATE’S EVIDENCE HERE WHO WENT TO PARENTS AND SAID I’LL DO THIS. AND WHAT DO PARENTS SAY. THIS GUY SAYS WE’LL PUT YOUR CHILD’S HEAD ON A WATER POLO PLAYER EVEN THOUGH THE CHILD HAS NEVER SEEN A WATER POLO GAME BUT THAT WILL GET THE CHILD INTO STANFORD. IT IS ENTIRELY CYNICAL AND VERY DISCOURAGING TO A LOT OF FOLKS. YES, THERE WILL BE MORE. SUSAN IS RIGHT. THERE WILL BE MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND I THINK WE’LL HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS. THE OTHER THING IS IF I CAN FOR A SECOND, THIS PLAYS INTO A DEEP WORRY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE, I SHARE THAT WORRY. WE SEE IT IN POLITICS. THIS WAS APPEALED TO BY DONALD TRUMP AND BERNIE SANDERS. IS THE SYSTEM RIGGED? DO YOU REMEMBER WHEN DONALD TRUMP SAID IS THE SYSTEM RIGGED? BERNIE SANDERS ASKED THE SAME QUESTION. IN HIS CASE IT WAS RIGHT. PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT AMERICA IS ABOUT EQUAL OPPORTUNITY. NO PRIVILEGE. BILL CLINTON, WORK HARD AND PLAY BY THE RULES. THIS IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OF THE RULES AND PEOPLE ARE REALLY MAD ABOUT IT.>>Sandra: REALLY MAD ABOUT IT AND YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR WHETHER IN YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD OR AT WORK AND TALKING TO SOMEBODY WHO SITS BY AND YOU WORK CLOSELY WITH. PARENTS ARE STRESSED TO THE NINES WHEN THEY’VE GOT KIDS THAT AGE OR HIGH SCHOOL WHERE THEY’RE TRYING TO GET THEM INTO THESE COLLEGES, BILL, AND IT IS A STRESSFUL SITUATION AND THE PARENTS AND THE KIDS. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE WORKING NIGHT AND DAY TO TRY TO GET THEIR KIDS TO THESE SCHOOLS. CARROLL ROSS PENNED A PIECE. COLLEGE CHEATING SCANDAL SHOULD MAKE BLUE COLLAR FAMILIES ABSOLUTELY FURIOUS. THIS HAS MADE EVERYBODY REALIZE THAT IF SYSTEM IS AND CAN BE RIGGED.>>CAN BE RIGGED AND THE OBSESSION OF PARENTS FNLTS WE LIVE IN A COMFORTABLE NEIGHBORHOOD IN A D.C. SUB URDS. I REMEMBER HEARING ABOUT A PARENT FROM A GREAT PRE-SCHOOL FOR 4-YEAR-OLDS. THAT FEEDS INTO THIS SCHOOL AND FEEDS INTO THIS PREP SCHOOL AND FEEDS INTO HARVARD. THE PRESSURE IS ON THE 4-YEAR-OLD. PARENTS NEED TO STEP BACK A LITTLE BIT ON THIS AND REALIZE THIS IS NOT ALL OF LIFE. BUT LOOK, THE GAME NEEDS TO BE FAIR, THE RULES NEED TO BE OBSERVED AND I’M GLAD THESE PEOPLE WILL FACE THE LAW AND