[Marxism] Fwd: The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard - ProPublica

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Nov 18 17:22:52 MST 2016

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.”


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