USC, Boston University, NYU, Columbia, University of Redlands, Rutgers & other MBA programs leading the way

Admitting their mistakes, Embracing change, Empowering others

USC and other business schools have set a positive precedent for change that I hope many other schools, universities and other organizations and their leaders follow. I really want to congratulate these schools and their leaders.


USC’s Marshall School of Business now has a REQUIRED course in Accounting Ethics aimed at helping future auditors protect society from the market disaster like the one in 2008. In this course these future accountants are taught not to act like DUTIFUL Wall Street bookkeepers and as professor Robert Trezevant described, “cook the books.” Instead, these future accountants are taught that they have a responsibility to PROTECT against the abuse as they are “gatekeepers.” This responsibility comes with their license and title as an accountant.


This curriculum change was sparked by leading characters in the financial industry meltdown holding business degrees.


BOSTON UNIVERSITY totally accepted responsibility for their failure to properly prepare their students as lecturer Mark Williams came right out and admitted “We failed.” He even went on to specifically clarify; “We were actually, truly part of the problem. We didn’t identify these risks early enough.”


NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, adapted its required course on Professional Responsibility since the crises. They hired a psychologist to help teach the course which now addresses psychological along with business and conflict of interest issues.  NYU wants to make sure their graduates not only have the technical skills but also have the emotional skills and emotional maturity to successfully do their jobs as accountants and financial leaders of tomorrow.


As John Haidt, a specialists in moral psychology who co-teaches the course at NYU said; “The crisis gave us such amazing material on how you can get terrible, terrible outcomes-sometimes not involving terrible people.”


Guess how this course begins at NYU? With the showing of the documentary “Inside Job,” which illustrates how business schools greatly contributed to the crisis because of their conflicts of interest.


Is this any different than the conflicts of interests regarding the child abuse of parental alienation that schools, accountants, lawyers, rabbis, priest and many others face daily and have consequently become part of the parental alienation problem since they have refused to deal with it like these progressive schools? The conflict of interest issues regarding the child abuse of parental alienation faced by these professionals is so poignantly illustrated by:

 1-Les Linet MD’s amazing video;

2-Stephen Fried’s chapter in his award winning book;

3-And “Inside Job” documentary by Charles Ferguson;


This is what I and many others have been saying about the Child Abuse of Parental Alienation. Why are schools, rabbis, priests, accountants, lawyers and many others refusing to even talk about parental alienation so we can educate, enrich and protect our children and others?

Isn’t this what a caring, democratic society should do? These institutions’ and leaders’ nonfeasance have also made them truly “become part of the problem”; as the astute Mark Williams commented about BOSTON UNIVERSITY with regards to the 2008 financial crises. But, this university and others have made changes; why haven’t others?


Wouldn’t you expect that out of all these professional groups; lawyers, rabbis and priests would be the first to institute changes to promote justice and protect those who are being abused?

They should be ashamed but now at least, they have many business school programs to follow. If they still refuse, a Judge will probably come down very harshly on them in light of the recent JPMorgan Chase ruling and these responsible changes many schools have made to address these conflict of interest issues and end harmful, destructive, abusive practices.


As Haidt said about NYU’s goal of these required ethical classes; “It’s all part of an effort to combat the mantra that has become central to business culture over the last few decades: the single-minded pursuit of shareholder value.”


Just as mortgage brokers and others earned a lot of money selling and packing faulty loans; aren’t those aiding the abusing, alienating parent while earning money for themselves and their organizations by ignoring the child abuse of parental alienation; actually becoming part of the problem of destroying the sacred, loving parent/child bond? This greed and becoming part of the problem is unequivocally illustrated by Rabbi Gerald Wolpe’s actions along with many other leaders and individuals at his organization;


There are many examples among schools, universities, therapists, doctors and others including the clergy where these abusive practices have continued today and must be brought to an end. Otherwise, these poor abused children will grow up repeating this parental alienation and other abuses as our society becomes one comprised of individuals who only know how to lie, cheat, scheme and bully and no longer know how to love, compromise or respect one another. Shameful.


As UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS’ professor Jeffery Smith accurately summed up this conflict of interest problem; “They weren’t rewarded on the basis of whether or not these products or services actually produced wealth for society as a whole.” Again, it is the egotistical, selfish attitude of what’s in it for me and who cares about anyone else since we are the elite and the entitled, privileged ones.


To make matters worse, these egotistical, selfish, greedy professionals and organizations have become a perfect target for the alienating, abusive parent since the two are only interested in their own needs and not what is in the best interest of their children and others in society. Again, this is very well illustrated by Rabbi Gerald Wolpe’s action and those of the leaders at his Congregation. They even said they have been dealing with the “machinations” of this alienating, abusive parent “for years.” But, were paid very handsomely for it as this chapter also shows. Plus, this abusive, alienating parent was a good “connection” to have.


These destructive, harmful behaviors and attitudes illustrated by Rabbi Gerald Wolpe and others are exactly what these schools have so fervently addressed by instituting these curriculum changes.


I hope those institutions and individuals who are lagging behind in making similar policy changes quickly bring themselves up to par as this is the new business standard being set by not only these schools but the recent JP Morgan Chase decision and others.


  • There are now more reasonable expectations and precedents being set requiring Board Members, Officers, Directors, Employees and others to meet or they could be found culpable as the JPMorgan Chase case illustrated. The Courts are now looking at the wealth and wellbeing of our society as a whole; no longer allowing the greedy, egotistical, selfish leaders who are harming others to continue with their abusive, destructive behaviors.


COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY also retooled its MBA program by focusing on ethic lessons utilizing General Motors and other company crises. Students are shown the FACTS that GM’s downfall, as professor Trevor Harris explains; wasn’t due to its cars as much as it was to their financing arm GMAC and its abusive practices and greed.


RUTGER’S business school has also made changes in an effort to prepare their students so a similar financial crises does not happen again. They are learning the lessons of loyalty, and that they can only go so far. A student is taught not to tolerate a conflict of interest or other abuse while his or her supervisor gives them a wink.


With these institutions making major curriculum changes to help insure another similar crises doesn’t happen again; I can only reasonably wonder, along with others:

-Why other institutions, especially grade schools, high schools, undergraduate colleges and universities, rabbis and priests have not made similar changes?


-Why haven’t they instituted programs to educate students and others about common divorce challenges since divorce is now occurring in over 50% of the marriage in the US alone today? (This is just the recorded marriages, not those cohabitating; same sex couples and others).


-Why haven’t they even introduced a program including speakers with articles in their bulletins etc. making a serious effort to educate the students in these areas of divorce?


-Do you think now since the industry standard is changing; these institutions as well as many individuals who are refusing to make similar policy changes will now be held jointly and severally liable for the psychological, emotional and physical harms suffered by those being abused by parental alienation; as the characteristics are very clear as expert Dr. Amy Baker describes:


-Do you think we may have to take these abusing individuals and institutions to court before they willingly make these policy changes; even those religious leaders and individuals whose jobs and roles are to help others heal, not aid in abusing them?


As my dear friend Diana told me; she believes religious leaders and institutions should be held to higher standards than others in society because it is so evil when they take advantage of those who have come to them as vulnerable individuals seeking help and then get abused themselves or watch their loved ones be abused. What do you think a Judge would think?


I hope this article sparks those individuals and institutions who need to follow the lead of these cutting edge business schools to do so immediately. I hope they do not choose to continue to remain part of the various problems their conflicts of interest present including but not limited to the child abuse of parental alienation.

-By Sara Hassman, Parental Alienation Solutions, Founder; with references from Los Angeles Times article by Andrew Tangel; MBA schools learn, teach new lessons.





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