There are numerous stories being reported on the most recent bribery scandal for college admissions consideration, individuals seeking fraudulent acceptance into several of the nation’s most elite colleges and universities. These actions crafted by a corrupt college admissions counselor, unqualified students and their parents were effected to ensure ill-equipped applicants gain opportunities to be admitted into top colleges and universities. This behavior will bear impact on many levels. The value conflicts that can be associated with this dilemma, lack of character and absence of integrity for the more than 750 estimated families involved will result in an inescapable difficulty, identifying limited spaces for college considerations for qualified students and the resulting negative consequences, especially for some of the most complicated, multidimensional, High School communities we all know as the Cristo Rey Network of Schools. As the third member of the Cristo Rey Network of Schools, and the first conversion school Verbum Dei High School has continued its efforts in the commitment to serving young men seeking chances to dispel the societal stereotypes placed on Black and Brown Boys from its neighboring communities, that they are incapable of producing effort to distinguish themselves as scholars. However, no matter how well-intentioned and proactive Verbum Dei High School is in its pursuit to ensure its students gain valuable opportunities of consideration into college we most certainly will need to remain spiritually rooted. With our focus on further developing the intellectually motivated young man, it is our goal to assist him to uphold a determination, strength of character, grit, and continue our tradition of commitment and perseverance. Our students will face a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas throughout their educational careers however; ethical behavior should not be one. In the Admissions Department we are approaching the Admissions Season’s Second Round seeking young men from our target communities of South Los Angeles, Watts and Compton who possess motivation, maturity, character, leadership and integrity, thus far we have identified eighty-four qualified candidates and seek approximately fifty more to round out the 2019 recruitment season.
We are managing the challenges within this search for qualified candidates during this era of presidential politics, that reveal infuriating stories in the wake of headlines of affluent people accused of paying more than $25 million to misrepresent student test scores and bribe college officials, deceitfully stealing spaces foreordained for those from Verbum Dei High School that have proven themselves despite the difficulties of navigating disadvantaged circumstances. There is an awareness that must be magnified psychologically, within our school community about society and the social theory between poverty and privilege. Within this examination we must assist students to recognize the design for our multidimensional curriculum and the goal, preparation for college and life after college. As admissions counselors/educators interested in radical transformation, we seek students who want to represent themselves in ways which do not appeal to the prevailing classes, we seek students who are mature and will insist that accommodations are made for their consideration in the name of justice, social justice, with an aim for transformative change. While society fantasizes about the High Schools that seek to accomplish this aim, Verbum Dei continues the efforts to eliminate poverty through the guise of the Corporate Work Study Program and other curriculum based programs that seek to stimulate and prepare our students to be agents for change. We assert that as long as measurements in numerical data and the raising or lowering of averages on test scores are used for exclusion into educational institutions and there is less consideration for academic success, human motivation and academic potential we will never eliminate unfair privilege or poverty and the affluent will continue to devise unfair advantages to keep the status quo. Nevertheless, with the appropriate amount of encouragement and educational supports in place, we contend that society will be able to yield an emancipatory outcome for those seeking reform, and with the possibilities for improvements within this continued action plan the scandalous can do no more to oppress those operating in accord to answering the call to action and accountability to see resolve.