Interesting quote - I would hope that universities start notifying that school district that anyone from that middle school applying to their institutions would in the future be flagged as possibly engaging in academic misconduct. The prospect of students not being accepted to their colleges of choice would at least get the parents up in arms against this.
Whether or not middle school records would effect college prospects, those who would benefit from this absurd concept the most are those who probably wouldn’t otherwise get good enough grades to qualify for college anyway. This buying of grades idiocy is only going to reinforce A) that they can just buy their way out of a problem, B) that grades don’t matter, because C) education is unimportant.
I really don’t understand how there can be so many levels of stupid here. Parents – who ostensibly should be concerned about their children’s future(s) – coming up with the idea is stupid. The school, and the principal – who should be concerned solely with academic success and preparing their students for higher education and the real world – endorsing this idea and seeing no problem with it is weapons-grade stupid.
Now, see, this could be the beginning of a great fundraiser! Pretend your school offers this ‘feature’ (it’s sure as hell not a ‘bug’! ), then when Timmy’s folks come in with the $$ to buy their son’s grade from a D to a B, the principal gladly takes the money, hands them a receipt, and says “Congratulations! You have just proved that you are all morons! Timmy’s grade now drops from a D to an F! Thank you for your contribution, and have a good day!”
Hey, it’s not that different from what happened in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with the make-believe villain trying to bribe kids into giving him their Everlasting Gobstoppers!
For one thing, the school should lose its accreditation. And that in turn could affect subsequent school admissions. E.g., the whole district loses accreditation and then high school grads can’t get into a real college.