What price delusions of grandeur?
Tuesday’s shocking federal indictment of 33 parents, including CEOs, lawyers, titans of industry, and Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, reads like a pulpy morality tale for the modern age: rich people scamming their not-very-special kids into elite schools, allowing them to enter the world and the workforce completely confident of their superior intelligence. After all, if they went to Georgetown . . .
We’ve all worked with people like this: Academically pedigreed yet not very smart, the ones in life who fail upward.
The most telling detail: Many of the kids didn’t even know they didn’t deserve it. According to the criminal complaint, the defendants -- who will doubtless claim they just wanted the best for their children -- actively deceived their children in some cases, faking test scores, elaborate athletic pedigrees, and in at least one instance, slipping the scheme’s mastermind her son’s handwriting to facilitate forgery.