On Tuesday, March 12th, many around the country were shocked to learn of the massive college admissions scandal the FBI dubbed Operation Varsity Blues. The scandal came to light after the FBI released documents revealing that many rich and influential parents had paid predetermined amounts that were then funneled to an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach to get their children into elite schools.
Years ago on the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT test, there were a number of other questions besides the ones about math and English. For instance, the students were asked to evaluate their leadership ability.
70% of the students rated themselves as above average in leadership, and only 2% as below average. 60% rated themselves as above average in athletics while only 6% said below. When they rated themselves as to how easy they were to get along with, 25 % said they were in the top 1%, 60% said they were in the top 10%, and absolutely no one said he or she was below average in being easy to get along with. (Hopefully their marriages have turned out well!)
Obviously high school students have a very high opinion of themselves, they have pride in themselves, as well they should.
But is this the kind of pride that says, “I have something to offer this world to make it a better world?” Or is it the kind of pride that says, “I’m better than you!” The exam doesn’t say.
We hope it’s a pride that offers to build a better world for everyone on earth, no matter what country they live in. If not, it is arrogance and everyone in the world will suffer greatly!!
Jesus said: “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)
A God Whisper These are some Lenten thoughts