Op Ed Draft- smellycat

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATs) should be abolished based on the accessibility upper class families, like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have to beneficial tutoring outlets- or bribing tactics that work, which middle and low class families do not have. Huffman and Loughlin, two television actresses, took a deceitful path in admitting their kids to college that most families do not have the capability of doing. Using money to bribe the way into college and paying for weekly tutoring sessions, preparatory camps, and SAT seminars are not much different. Neither of which are getting you admitted to college solely based on the knowledge you already have.

The recent college admissions scandal involving Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, is a reminder of how easy it is for privileged young adults to be admitted into prestigious colleges such as Yale University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA and USC.

Huffman and Loughlin are among the many dishonest and cheating parents that have the means to spend up to $6.5 million dollars in bribing admissions officers, coaches, and proctors. A plethora of students have been admitted into college this way and it is not fair. The access wealthy families have to send their children to school is ridiculous and families like these have the means to legally cheat on the SATs by paying for tutoring-something not all families can afford, but they’re so wealthy they’ll just pay someone to cheat for them.

The SATs should be terminated because it does not measure aptitude, but how well a student can prepare for the test while thousands of dollars are being spent on tutors. Students growing up in affluent families can afford a $10,000 summer program dedicated to the Scholastic Aptitude Test while middle and low income households are not as fortunate. Even sitting for the PSATs costs money that families can not afford. Students are getting tutored and getting a preview of the test before other students see the test once (How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid).

It’s also a poor representative of college readiness. Grades which have been gathered over four years in an environment similarly structured to college, proves a student is better equipped to handle college, rather than a four hour test. Marco Greensburg states this perfectly, “students whose mediocre SAT’s and excellent grades make them better equipped to run the marathon of university life than a Saturday-morning sprint called the SAT” (Is it Time to Abolish the SAT?). Research on college admissions has also confirmed that standardized test scores are weak predictors of how students can perform in college, compared to high school grades (The Big Problem With The New SAT).

Based on the resources open for upper class families regarding SAT preparation, the Scholastic Aptitude Test should be called the Student Affluent Test. The more money families have, the more options they have to prepare their children for one of the biggest tests of their lives. The SAT launches all possible options for potential careers for a student. As a 17 year old student, it feels like life or death because one test can decide your fate, but middle and low class families do not get to have the same options to prepare their children for this life altering test.

The abolition of the SATs would level the playing field- which was its original purpose that it failed. How fair is a test anyway if the ones who score better were tutored and can afford it? Middle and low income families are at a complete disadvantage and suffering because they can not afford the best options or any options at all.

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6 Responses to Op Ed Draft- smellycat

  1. davidbdale says:

    Well, let’s see, SmellyCat,
    I think you got your sequence wrong.
    You want to abolish the SAT, but not because rich parents can bribe admissions officers.
    You want to abolish the SAT because it privileges the already-privileged students whose parents can buy them tutors, and preparation courses (and when all else fails, they can buy admissions officers).

    The sequence is:
    1. The recent college admissions scandal involving Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, is a reminder of how easy it is for privileged young adults to bribe their way into prestigious colleges such as Stanford, Yale. and USC.
    2. The parents who bribe admissions officials, and the students who need that sort of criminal advantage, can afford non-criminal but equally unfair methods not available to deserving but under-privileged families.
    3. Every space they take deprives a student with more APTITUDE from a seat in the class.
    4. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SATs) are inherently unfair and should be abolished based on the accessibility upper-class families have to private tutors and expensive prep courses that skew the test results in their favor.

    See the difference?

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  2. smellycat23 says:

    On my writing plan, you gave me feedback suggesting that I use the current college scandal to remind us how rich kids have an advantage over others and my other thoughts about the SATs- do you think I correctly linked these two pieces together? I’d love to hear your feedback so I can make my portfolio Op-Ed better!

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  3. smellycat23 says:

    I feel like my Op-Ed is all over the place, feedback?

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