- Oct 25, 2017
Man on one hand I appreciate the self-awareness of these kids. They seem to get it. On the other hand, while I feel like that mom has good intentions, I can't help but feel she would feel much differently about a poor person or a minority being kicked out of high school and struggling with drug problems.since this broke i've seen a few children of privilege reflecting on their own experiences with access to education on twitter:
a casual reminder that lots of upper middle class parents (perfectly legally) improve their kids’ SAT scores by paying tutors to teach them to game the system. mine did. my math score jumped almost 200 points, which i promise reflected no similar increase in my command of *math*
without that systemic leg up, i doubt i would have gotten into yale, from which i graduated with honors etc. i was exactly the same applicant pre & post tutoring. i just looked different on paper. well aware most of my peers’ families could not afford to give them that advantage.
the screenshot of his convo with his mom where she swears up and down that he got into college on his own merits really illustrates the divide between generations and how we reckon with the concept of privilege.