Admissions fraud, take 2 — Catherine & Katharine

One of the topics Ed and I enjoy being mutually scandalized over is the fact that people are willing to pay upwards of $70K/year to send their kids to college. Even worse: a fair number of people are willing to go into debt for that amount just to underwrite four years of undergraduate education. Go to […]

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Admissions fraud, take 1 — Catherine & Katharine

Take 1: they should have hired me to tutor their kids. Except for the part about bribing coaches, of course. I know that’s a flippant reaction, but flippant or no, it was one of the first thoughts I had. If you want your child to have higher scores, it’s much safer to hire a good tutor than […]

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FBI Wiretaps Show Importance of Fake Charity and Extended Testing Time in College Admissions Scam


William Rick Singer operated The Key Worldwide (KWF), a fraudulent nonprofit, as a front for a massive college admissions scandal for the rich.

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However, Singer could not state the real purpose of his nonprofit in its declared mission, so he manipulated the language as follows:

The Key Worldwide Foundation endeavors to provide education that would normally be unattainable to underprivileged students, not only attainable but realistic. With programs that are designed to assist young people in everyday situations, and educational situations, we hope to open new avenues of educational access to students that would normally have no access to these programs. Our contributions to major athletic university programs, may help to provide placement to students that may not have access under normal channels.

Compare Singer’s words above with those intercepted in a June 2018, court-approved, FBI wiretap of Singer selling his college admissions wares to a wealthy…

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About That College Admissions Scandal: Use of a Fake Nonprofit Was Critical


On March 12, 2019, I happened to be discussing with a few of my students the extent to which some individuals will go in order to benefit from academic fraud because college admission is a high-stakes issue.

Little did we know, that very day, the story broke about numerous individuals– among them the famous and moneyed– who have been implicated in a massive self-serving, deceptive, fraudulent network of college admission scamming known to date, as CNN reports:

Fifty people — from Hollywood stars and top industry CEOs to college coaches and standardized test administrators — stand accused of participating in a scheme to cheat on admissions tests and admit students to leading institutions as athletes regardless of their abilities, prosecutors revealed Tuesday in a federal indictment. The scandal is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

As the alleged culprits, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin…

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The So-Called “Instructional Shifts” of the Common Core and What They Mean

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The San Luis Coastal Unified School District is in the central coast area of California. It includes schools in San Luis Obispo and the nearby towns of Morro Bay and Los Osos. The district, under the direction of the current superintendent, follows the trend of  teaching that adheres to constructivist-oriented approaches; i.e., inquiry type lessons, with teachers facilitating rather than teaching. The math text used starting in middle school through sophmore year in high school is CPM, an inquiry-based program.

The district is so much beholden to this philosophy that part of the interview procedure for teaching jobs entails giving a mini-lesson to students, which is in turn rated according to criteria in the Danielson Framework.  The Danielson Framework is (according to their website) “a research-based set of components of instruction, aligned to the INTASC standards, and grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching.”

In other…

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Jonathan Sackler’s Bouncer Foundation: Opioid-Funded Ed Reform


Purdue Pharma is the company that produces the opioid, OxyContin.


The Sackler family– including noted ed reformer Jonathan Sackler— owns Purdue Pharma.

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In June 2018, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sued Purdue Pharma and Sackler family; on January 31, 2019, Massachusetts attorney general, Maura Healy filed an amended, longer, suit, for Purdue Pharma’s having “created the [opioid drug] epidemic and profited from it through a web of illegal deceit.” From the amended lawsuit:

Dangerous opioid drugs are killing people across Massachusetts. Prescription medicines, which are supposed to protect our health, are instead ruining people’s lives. Every community in our Commonwealth suffers from the epidemic of addiction and death.

Purdue Pharma created the epidemic and profited from it through a web of illegal deceit. First, Purdue deceived Massachusetts doctors and patients to get more and more people on its dangerous drugs. Second, Purdue misled them to use…

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Blacklist Journals Overtake Whitelist — The Source

What’s in a number? Well, when the number of bad journals overtakes the number of good journals, we may have something to worry about. Simon Linacre takes a brief look behind the figures and shares some insight into the current dynamics of scholarly publishing. Right up there with ‘How many grains of sand are there…

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Learning experiences often not learning at all — Donald Clark Plan B

“Part of the problem with all this talk about ‘learning experience’ is it’s questionable whether learning is actually experienced at all.”This brilliant quote, by Leonard Houx, skewers the recent hubris around ‘learning experiences’. Everything is an ‘experience’ and what is needed is some awareness of good and bad learning experiences. Unfortunately, all too often what we…

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