As reported in the New York Times, Marilee Jones, Dean of Admissions at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), was found to have fabricated a series of degrees. She claimed to have earned advanced degrees from Albany Medical College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union College. In reality, she does not hold a Bachelors degree.
MIT has fired Ms. Jones, even though the administration acknowledges her many accomplishments as Dean of Admissions. Firing someone based on lack of integrity and lying is the right thing to do, especially when the individual in question holds a position such that they serve as an example for the community.
For our part, ATP is disgusted by the way in which voters in our district have tolerated (and elected) candidates who offer dubious explanations of their credentials and/or flat out lie about their achievements. What can we expect young people to learn from these people? As constituents, can we possibly expect them to make good on campaign promises? The likely answer is no, because folks who fall into the category of fibber will fib when the going gets tough, and/or lack the integrity required to negotiate with other elected officials to get laws passed.
People who lie should be fired, not rewarded and trusted to govern. Brooklyn voters need to wake up.
Photo from NYTimes.com