The well-to-do parents ensnared in the feds’ Operation Varsity Blues investigation of fraudulent college sports admissions didn’t just elbow out deserving-but-less-privileged applicants with their deceits.

Whether guided by pride and hubris or simply myopia, they took from their own children something valuable.

Failure.

Ironically, the kids would have been well-acquainted with that if they had been actual athletes, rather than pretending to be competitors in sailing, tennis, water polo, pole vaulting or the other sports for which they were admitted to school.

Failing, losing, not getting what you want — that is what drives the people who achieve things in this world.

A humbling college rejection could have proved beneficial in the long run.

Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal

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