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Tue Mar 12, 2019, 01:46 PM

The Story Behind Jared Kushner's Curious Acceptance Into Harvard

ProPublica editor Daniel Golden wrote a book a decade ago about how the rich buy their children access to elite colleges. One student he covered is now poised to become one of the most powerful figures in the country.



I would like to express my gratitude to Jared Kushner for reviving interest in my 2006 book, “The Price of Admission.” I have never met or spoken with him, and it’s rare in this life to find such a selfless benefactor. Of course, I doubt he became Donald Trump’s son-in-law and consigliere merely to boost my lagging sales, but still, I’m thankful.

My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that the rich buy their under-achieving children’s way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations. It reported that New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5 million to Harvard University in 1998, not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy League school. At the time, Harvard accepted about one of every nine applicants. (Nowadays, it only takes one out of twenty.)

I also quoted administrators at Jared’s high school, who described him as a less than stellar student and expressed dismay at Harvard’s decision.

“There was no way anybody in the administrative office of the school thought he would on the merits get into Harvard,” a former official at The Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey, told me. “His GPA did not warrant it, his SAT scores did not warrant it. We thought for sure, there was no way this was going to happen. Then, lo and behold, Jared was accepted. It was a little bit disappointing because there were at the time other kids we thought should really get in on the merits, and they did not.”

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-story-behind-jared-kushners-curious-acceptance-into-harvard

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Reply The Story Behind Jared Kushner's Curious Acceptance Into Harvard (Original post)
demmiblue Mar 12 OP
Bleacher Creature Mar 12 #1
dawg day Mar 12 #2
Larrybanal Mar 12 #10
deurbano Mar 12 #15
patricia92243 Mar 12 #3
KSNY Mar 12 #8
Wellstone ruled Mar 12 #4
Javaman Mar 12 #5
BigmanPigman Mar 12 #6
George II Mar 12 #7
DoctorJoJo Mar 12 #9
NRaleighLiberal Mar 12 #11
maddiemom Mar 12 #14
NRaleighLiberal Mar 12 #20
Jarqui Mar 12 #12
getagrip_already Mar 12 #13
NCjack Mar 12 #16
erronis Mar 12 #17
Fritz Walter Mar 12 #18
MarcA Mar 12 #19
amywalk Mar 12 #21
hughee99 Mar 12 #22
dalton99a Mar 12 #23

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 01:55 PM

1. Is there any aspect of this guy's life that's not shady? NT

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 01:55 PM

2. It's sort of amazing that a rich kid who went to a prep school-

and got all sorts of tutoring, test prep, admissions essay editing paid for-
that is, had all the advantages-- still couldn't qualify to get into a university. At what point do rich people think, hmm, maybe we should settle for getting only what we are qualified for, not what we can bribe for?

The entitlement just reeks. "I deserve this because I can bribe for it!"

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Response to dawg day (Reply #2)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:09 PM

10. it is pure entitlement

but these families can afford it and it is something they use forever..."I am a harvard grad" or in the case of 45 he keeps mentioning the wharton school even though he transferred in under questionable circumstances but he still uses his attendance as a marker of his "very stable genius" bullshit

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Response to Larrybanal (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:34 PM

15. And graduated with no honors whatsoever, after all the stories about his being "top of the class"

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 02:01 PM

3. Do we know if fred Trump did this for Donald or his other children?

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Response to patricia92243 (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 03:16 PM

8. Of course!

I remember reading (before Nov. 2016...maybe in Mother Jones, not sure) that Fred Trump made a big donation to U of Pennsylvania so that the orange a-hole could transfer to their undergrad program ar the Wharton school (not enough people know that Trump did not do an MBA, just an undergraduate degree at Wharton ).

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 02:06 PM

4. Am sure many have

wondered or have been first hand to these things occurring in their College Experience. Myself I did,if Mommy or Daddy was a State Politician,well,chances are their Children were first in line for any Appointments to a Military Academy . Or,they were slotted into the State University System with the help of ghost Exam Takers .

Again,you want to know how things work,talk to the maintenance staff. We were the ones whom did the scheduling .

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 03:05 PM

5. so the orange asshole surrounds himself with the richest and the dumbest. no surprise. nt

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 03:08 PM

6. Is he going to be charged?

50 others already have been.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 03:10 PM

7. I don't think the list of those charged today is going to be the end of this story.....

.....surprised the DA didn't say, "But wait! There's more!"

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 03:53 PM

9. Just Like His Father-In-Law Getting Into Wharton--a Buy In. Golden Rule--Those With Gold Rule!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:10 PM

11. I was a grad student at Dartmouth, so had to TA the labs...

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My piers and I were all pretty much middle class at most - but the wealth of the students in our labs and classes were...well, multiples of our own. That's OK - it happens - but the infuriating thing is when we tried to give honest grades to rich, careless students, but were told we couldn't because the families of the kids who nearly burned down the labs were huge alumni donors.

I learned early on about this sort of bullshit. Made us all sick.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #11)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:32 PM

14. Your "piers" ?

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Response to maddiemom (Reply #14)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 05:05 PM

20. Sorry...autocorrect. fellow grad srudents

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:12 PM

12. For what it is worth

from a poster on the internet,

My immediate family has ties to Harvard going back to the 1940s. My father was involved with the admittance committee for many years. The gist of the story is true. It's been that way for decades at the very least - maybe since it's inception. Many institutions are similar. I saw some deserving students passed over for ones with money or connections. It was a real sore point between me and my father.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:28 PM

13. But.. but...

They tell us the problem is those darned minority quotas taking seats from more qualified white students......

They tell us a lot of bs.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:34 PM

16. Havard might be sufficiently PO'd to do something, like

1. Cancel his degree and rights as a graduate, or
2. Demand a gift to compensate for the institution's embarrassment, e.g., $25 M to start a department on real estate buggery.

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Response to NCjack (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:44 PM

17. Why would Hahvahd be PO'd? They got their payoff, endowment is huge and growing.

They (and all the other big-name schools that scrounge for mega-bucks) will weather this little storm. They can also hire the best PR and legal firms to beat back the barbarians.

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Response to NCjack (Reply #16)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:47 PM

18. C'mon now: think BIG!

They'll create a whole new department, which will combine:
* Health Sciences -- once JarJar finds the cure for the Opioid Epidemic;
* International Relations -- peace in the Middle East is almost within his grasp; and
* Security -- what do those experienced WH officials know about top secret clearances, any way?

This could be YUGE!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 04:51 PM

19. Yet the trump-supporting rubes think he and 45 are one of their own. n/t

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 05:55 PM

21. I encourage anyone that hasn't seen the HBO documentary, "Rich Kids,"

that featured Ivanka Trump, Michael Bloomberg’s daughter, a Vanderbilt, a couple of European barons plus a slew of other “rich kids”, to watch it. It was produced by one of the Johnson &Johnson heirs. They were mostly just out of college and partying in Manhattan or “summering” in the Hamptons. It was a fascinating look into the lives of these super rich and super entitled children who all went to Ivy League schools. One group interviewed at a Manhattan party, talked about how college worked for these Ivy League legacies. They went where their parents went and their parents made substantial donations to the schools prior to admittance. I recall one of the kids discussed practically never going to class in all 4 years. Today’s bust of celebrity parents and some of the school’s practice of committing fraud by placing them on sports teams they didn’t play for as an excuse for admitting them seems similar. Do you remember articles about Trump not being in school very often and spent all his weekends in New York. The scam was their professors weren’t allowed to fail them. They were not allowed to make below a C. I had no clue this stuff went on. But, it certainly makes you remember GW Bush talking about being a C student at Yale and skipping classes all the time. Anyway, seeing the news today brought that back and if you ever see it on, have a look. IIRC, Ivanka came across as one of the least offensive ones and I think it’s before all her surgeries.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 09:26 PM

22. I know one guy from a wealthy family got EXPELLED from Harvard for cheating

Took almost two years away, and then got back in. It pays to have money and connections, I guess.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Tue Mar 12, 2019, 11:39 PM

23. Kick

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