Ok, ok, I give up. This is as good as everyone says.
This essay by is genuinely brilliant, and will last as a look at our times. Very funny sentence-by-sentence; elegantly constructed, down to “poor little me!” narrative persona; earns its merciless moral-judgment tone. Really worth reading
This magnificent piece describes the crisis of shrinking opportunity faced by the professional managerial elite, whose progeny face a wave of hyper-competition for slots in the credential factories. It does so without mentioning the word “Asians”
An instant classic. Read every word
"These parents are furious that what once belonged to them has been taken away ... The changed admissions landscape at the elite colleges is the aspect of American life that doesn’t feel right to them," argues
This Caitlin Flanagan piece is the best thing I've read on the college admissions scandal: one of the best essays I've read in some time, full stop.
This piece in really is a must read.
The incomparable on the elite college admissions scandal is bliss. A tour de force of brilliant lines and killer insights
The college admissions bribery scandal is so perfectly suited to that you can't help but wonder if she was in on the conspiracy all along, to give her the chance to deliver a piece this gloriously lacerating.
writing for is the best because I get to claim people like as colleagues but it's also the worst because fuuuuuck I will never be able to write like this
"The collapse of manufacturing jobs has been to poor whites what the elite college-admissions crunch has been to wealthy ones," argues . "A smaller and smaller slice of pie for people who were used to having the fattest piece of all."
This piece is filled with insights into privilege and entitlement, but it’s going to stick with me primarily as a sort of how not to guide to parenting.
“Keep in mind I am a lawyer,” Caplan said at one point, according to the affidavit. “So I’m sort of rules oriented.” And, later, “I’m not worried about the moral issue here. I’m worried about the, if she’s caught doing that, you know, she’s finished.”
"If hope is the thing with feathers, I was a plucked bird. Long ago, I surrendered myself to the fact that the horrible, horrible private-school parents of Los Angeles would get away with their nastiness forever."
"The collapse of manufacturing jobs has been to poor whites what the elite college-admissions crunch has been to wealthy ones: a smaller and smaller slice of pie for people who were used to having the fattest piece of all."
This is hands-down one of the best pieces I have read in years.
This is some writing, right here. And a hell of a thesis about wealthy white liberals going full "Trump" when it comes to their kids' college admissions
“That so many of them were (literal) limousine liberals lent the meetings an element of radical chic. They were down for the revolution, but there was no way *their* kid was going to settle for Lehigh.” Everything writes, sings
If you haven't read this yet, it's really well done
.⁦⁩ says everything that needs to be said here, and does it brilliantly: What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals - The Atlantic
I came from the east-coast version of this world. It's hard to overstate the delusions of some of the parents. And gets to the other part - that nobody had the authority or the incentive to tell them the truth.
This is a brutal takedown of every single aspect of how privileged parents get their kids into elite colleges and I am HERE for comparing white "(literal) limousine liberals" to Trump voters. Read the whole thing.
"The collapse of manufacturing jobs has been to poor whites what the elite college-admissions crunch has been to wealthy ones," argues . "A smaller and smaller slice of pie for people who were used to having the fattest piece of all."
"That so many of them were (literal) limousine liberals lent the meetings an element of radical chic. They were down for the revolution, but there was no way their kid was going to settle for Lehigh."
I grew up in one of the towns profiled in this article. The culture and behavior I saw around me, described so well here, turned me into the leftist I am today
If you haven’t yet read this essay, do yourself a favor: print it out, bookmark it, stick it in a new tab. Then reward yourself this weekend with a genuine treat
's piece is too good. I worked at a private school in Chicago. Only all-staff email all semester was on college decision day. They had hired grief counselors for kids who didn't get into their (parents?) top choice school
This, on the college admissions scandal, is American reportage at its best. Personal experience, command of the facts and clear, vivid writing. And a big dash of anger.
Everyone said this was good and it is.
The collapse of manufacturing jobs has been to poor whites what the elite college-admissions crunch has been to wealthy ones: a smaller and smaller slice of pie for people who were used to having the fattest piece of all. And then the chef’s kiss.
The joy of Schadenfreude is piled high on this great piece like a Schlag Matterhorn! Well done, !
“A successful first meeting often consisted of walking them back from the crack pipe of Harvard to the Adderall crash of Middlebury and then scheduling a follow-up meeting to douse them with the bong water of Denison.”
The best thing you’ll read on all the college admissions malarkey.
"Never had I dared to dream that the arc of the moral universe could describe a 90-degree angle and smite down mine enemies with such a hammer fist of fire and fury that even I have had a moment of thinking, Could this be a bit too much?"
"These parents didn’t want colleges their kids had a strong chance of getting into; they wanted colleges their kids didn’t have a chance in hell of getting into. They said such crass things, such greedy things that I began to hate them."
I've been crusading against extra time on tests (standardized or otherwise) for anyone but the truly impaired (dyslexia, severe vision, etc.) for nearly a decade and a half. Glad it's finally getting exposed for the scam it is.
"A successful first meeting often consisted of walking them back from the crack pipe of Harvard to the Adderall crash of Middlebury and then scheduling a follow-up meeting to douse them with the bong water of Denison."
Writer and former admissions counselor had one of the best pieces on the college admissions scandal (and frankly, some of the best writing I've seen on any topic recently).
Good heavens - no wonder ordinary people in America are so fucking angry
This is such a great read
Very fascinating analysis and brilliantly written piece from capturing what many in the media are missing when they focus solely on the white working class as feeling threatened and betrayed by change.
know I'm late to this but this piece is just amazing
What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals ⁦⁩ ⁦
Would ⁦⁩ please write the screenplay?! What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals - The Atlantic
This is the best essay I’ve read this year. No surprise it’s by
One of the best essays of the year
Soon after the college admissions scandal broke, I recalled taught at an elite LA private school and suspected her take on the story would be great. I wasn't wrong.
A deadly article on college admissions scams from Caitlin Flanagan. Is it so difficult to understand from all of this that objective tests, honestly administered, are the best buttress we have against the corruption in selection?
Excellent essay by ⁦⁩. I’m guessing she was a college counselor at the Harvard School (now Harvard-Westlake). My public high school used to debate against them. She confirms all of our stereotypes of the privileged private school!
Caitlin Flanagan on the college admissions scandal is 🔥🔥🔥.
The whole college admissions system is corrupt and indefensible from top to bottom.
fantastic piece on the college admissions scandal and the rich white parents who "are furious that what once belonged to them has been taken away, and they are driven mad with the need to reclaim it for their children."
An extraordinary piece on the college admissions scandal...and how rigged the system is for those with the $$ and a staggering sense of entitlement. Must. Read.
This is the best take and some phenomenal writing. Give yourself enough time to read it all.
This is brilliant. A real life Tom Wolfe novel.
This is the kind of article Caitlin Flannigan is very good at—depicting kind of the decline of bourgeois morality when the bourgeoise are squeezed by elite social expectations and the rise of a newly competitive and properly aggrieved underclass.
The writing style of is the best evidence I've seen yet that reincarnation exists. Welcome to 21st century America, Jane Austen! I am so glad you're here.
This excellent, maddening essay by renewed my class rage
Superb. —> What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals - The Atlantic
Beautifully written piece in The Atlantic on the college admissions scandal... The parents indicted were responding to a changing America, with rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs.
"got an ulcer sitting in that office listening to rich people complaining bitterly about an 'unfair' or a 'rigged' system. … (literal) limousine liberals …. They were down for the revolution, but there was no way their kid was going to settle for Lehigh"
“If hope is the thing with feathers, I was a plucked bird.” Might be my favorite sentence of the year so far.
The college admissions scandal finds its Tom Wolfe in
"The matriculation list was not the simple byproduct of excellent teaching, but the result of parental campaigns undertaken with the same level of whimsy with which the Japanese Navy bombed Pearl Harbor." DESTROYS meritocracy.
Excellent article: how the college admissions scandal is about the same shrinking space for white privilege that gave rise to Trump’s election, the uber rich version.
This piece by on the college admissions scandal is just terrific. Sickening, jaw-dropping behavior of the most entitled people in the world. Brilliantly told. Do yourself a favor and read it.
Ridiculously well written What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals - The Atlantic
“I did not know that the school’s impressive matriculation list was not the simple by-product of excellent teaching, but the end result of parental campaigns undertaken with the same level of whimsy with which the Japanese Navy bombed Pearl Harbor.”
"At every parent coffee, silent auction, dinner party, Clippers game, book club, and wine tasting, someone is bitching about admissions. And some of these parents, it turns out, haven’t just been bitching; some of them decided to go MAGA."
"A successful first meeting often consisted of walking them back from the crack pipe of Harvard to the Adderall crash of Middlebury and then scheduling a follow-up meeting to douse them with the bong water of Denison."
ICYMI: This article by lives up to the hype. A must read.
Great read and new insights about the college cheating scandal in The Atlantic.
Engaging read. Masters of the universe, heirs, celebs were willing to bribe, defraud, cheat SATs, pad transcripts & do whatever to get underqualified progeny into highest-status unis possible, many w no apparent hesitation or concern abt ethics/legality
What the college admissions scandal reveals
Dang. This is the best thing I've read on the college admissions scandal. Read it.
This from in is so so good. Superb insights and killer writing. Some teasers follow.
Delicious serving of schadenfreude on Operation Varsity Blues by ⁦onetime private-school college counselor ⁩.
i missed this very spicy piece when it first came out, i guess, but my late reaction is still: damn!!!!
Warning to writers: this is so good you may just die of envy. ought to make us sign a waiver of liability before we read it.
The best piece of writing so far on the #CollegeAdmissionsScandal
Enraging subject; fab writing, e.g.: “A successful first meeting often consisted of walking them back from the crack pipe of Harvard to the Adderall crash of Middlebury and then scheduling a follow-up meeting to douse them with the bong water of Denison.”
you might think you have heard enough about this college admissions scandal but boy is this a clever and entertaining piece of writing.
Storytime with a Harvard-Westlake college counselor. 😬
They Had It Coming - What the College-Admissions Scandal Reveals #sociology
A depressing yet compelling and very funny read on the entitled in America.
Every single sentence of this is a joy. And, of course, an outrage.
This Atlantic story on the college-admissions scandal is amazing, not least because of the shade it throws onto Gordon Caplan, American Lawyer's 'dealmaker of the year'.
"The system, even 25 years ago, was full of holes. The first was sports."
"That someone as lowly, as contemptibly puny, as a guidance counselor should interfere with a rich person’s desires is the cause of electric rage." If you need an excuse to follow , read her article on the college admissions scandal
Stop what you're doing and go read this piece. Oof.