The Atlantic

The Education Scandal That's Bigger Than Varsity Blues

Rich kids are enrolled in college at three times the rate of poor kids.
Source: Yulia-Images / Getty

It’s hard to snatch attention from the jaws of intrigue, and Varsity Blues had it all. There were fake SAT scores, a shady deal maker, and wealthy parents eager to lay waste to anything standing in front of their children on the road to a selective college—the vaunted status symbols that they are. This exposes the gritty underbelly ofa common refrain went.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from The Atlantic

The Atlantic3 min read
The Art of Self-Defense Explores the Absurd Horrors of Masculinity
The satirical karate movie starring Jesse Eisenberg posits that these days, men do not have to dig deeply to find their inner brutes.
The Atlantic6 min read
Sometimes Even Newspapers Need Poetry
The New York Times tapped a polymath poet to celebrate the 1969 moon landing on its front page.
The Atlantic7 min read
The Origins of the ‘Acting White’ Charge
School integration yielded a disturbing by-product: a psychological association between scholastic achievement and whiteness.