It is the largest college admissions scandal ever - and it reads like a plotline to "The Sopranos."
Millions of dollars, bribes, lies, Hollywood actresses and a mob like boss all-star so the kids of some rich people could get into ‘elite’ colleges.
But beyond the disgust in what all these people allegedly did is something up for discussion too.
Is getting into college even being played on a level playing field?
“The scandal as they say, it's what's legal,” Dr. David Perry, who works as an adviser at the University of Minnesota, said about this bigger issue of who gets in and why.
“The playing field is not just not level, it challenges the whole notion, the false notion of meritocracy,” Dr. Perry said.
So some kids' have families who legally donate to universities and colleges, do they get a leg up?
Some kids' have years of test prep coaching, college admission coaching, and or legacies to schools, do they get a leg up?
Do those kids' have a better shot at the college they want than kids who aren't afforded those kinds of things?
The answer is, well, I guess we would have to ask admissions officers at every school for full transparency.
Not sure that would happen for all sorts of reasons, some of them good and there for obvious privacy.
But back to his point about legal ways to get ahead.
That I did challenge with, well, parents can legally get coaches and tutors and whatever they want, that’s perfectly fine and legal.
“Absolutely nothing wrong at all. I guess what I would like is certainly not banning college coaches but to really think hard about to what extent are we investing in college counseling and prep throughout our educational systems, what are ways we can change admissions systems to be thoughtful,” Dr. Perry said.
Those are all valid questions to start asking in light of this incredible story whose real victims we may never know.
The students who didn’t get the coveted spots at schools because the kids' parents who allegedly bought their way in.
“I’m more concerned about all the people who applied and didn't get in and would have had it not been for the fraudulent admission. Those are the people, the invisible wave of victims,” Dr. Perry said.
Victims who hopefully found a better college path for themselves.
But overall maybe this scandal gives us all a lot to think about.
One thing that stands out: Why these parents think the perfect school is the most important thing, and not what school might be perfect for their child.