Long ago a woman named Marilee Jones lied about her educational background.
She applied for a job 28 years ago at the elite school, MIT, and at the time said she got degrees she never actually got.
Well, this high school educated woman was able to rise through the ranks at MIT becoming the dean of admissions. And guess what, she made a name for herself by helping, what she deemed, stressed out students calm down about the whole admissions process.
Even with the uncovering of this lie people have come to her defense saying she was an inspiration by taking some of the hell out of the admissions process for students everywhere. Her mantra was, stop trying to be perfect. I suppose much of that sentiment came from her realization that indeed she wasn’t perfect.
This week, she resigned her post at age 55 because of the scandal.
So, how’d she get caught. She’s been traveling around the country giving speeches lately to promote her new book “Less Stress, More Success: A New Approach to Guiding Your Teen Through College Admissions and Beyond”, and somebody probably unearthed the real scoop on her past, or the colleges she claims she got degress from decided to drop dime on her.
Here’s a quote from her book: “Holding integrity is sometimes very hard to do because the temptation may be to cheat or cut corners.”
Boy, did she cut some big corners.
She was wrong to lie, of course, but there’s something about this story that makes me sad and unable to tear her a new one.
It’s almost as if her guilt over what she was hiding gave her some insight, some ability to help so many college bound kids. She was trying to lower the bar for kids that were talented but maybe didn’t have the grades or extracurriculars that other kids had. She understood this well, because she was well below the bar for the world she ended up excelling in, at least when you look at her real resume.
Why does part of me want to scream: “You go girl!”?