Encouraging kids to go through the motions of charity is not teaching kids the value of helping others. Rather, this teaches children how to fake sincerity. Charity without the resources and drive to make a real, measurable difference is hollow and worthless.
Universities now actively rebuke applicants from announcing a desire to make money. They claim it is base and empty pursuit ... at least until they hit you up for contributions. Today, all other things being equal, a hard-working, responsible teenager from a lower economic class who is taking part-time and full-time jobs to pay for himself and help his family is worth less to Harvard than a well-to-do student whose parents had the capability to found a charity in their child's name.
Teens can no longer have a childhood, they cannot be themselves and they cannot take time to figure out what they want. Instead, they must be pushed and forced into the mold of a proper applicant. They must, at the very least, pretend to be globally conscious and proclaim their altruism. This process degrades our children and cheapens adolescence.
Unless we recognize and revise this new layer of undisclosed, pricey prerequisites, higher education will only become further unattainable for the vast majority of Americans.
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