“How Much Can You Afford?”: Baltimore Professor Sentenced For Selling Math Grades

Prof. Edward C. Ennels taught math at Baltimore City Community College but appears to have been offering a running lesson on supply side economic theory.  Ennels reportedly was selling grades on a sliding scale depending on your worth and your ambition: $150 for a C; $250 for a B; and $500 for an A.  He has now earned jail time after pleading to 11 misdemeanor charges, including bribery and misconduct in office.

According to prosecutors, Ennels, 45, would go as low as $300 in this elastic grade market.  Moreover, he was hardly shy about the scheme. He reportedly solicited bribes from 112 students. His rate of return was just under ten percent with 10 payments from nine students.

The scheme was breathtaking in its boldness. For example, in March 2020, he sent an email under one of his aliases, “Bertie Benson,” to another of his aliases, “Amanda Wilbert.” In the email, he offered to complete “Wilbert’s” math assignments and guaranteeing her an A for $300. He then forwarded that email to 112 students enrolled in a class that he was teaching.  According to prosecutors, he would then “haggle” students on how much the grade would cost. When one student balked at the $500, Ennels reportedly asked “how much can you afford?”  What was striking about that exchange is that the student had written to him to say “Oh I don’t have that sorry. I will be sure to keep studying and pass my exam.” While the default position, the student was prepared to actually learn the material. Yet, Ennels immediately lowered his price.

Presumably, Ennels thought that the alias would offer a protective wall to prevent direct evidence of fraud since the assignments and tests would be completed (by himself).

It is shocking enough to see a fellow academic abandon everything that we believe in.  However, Ennels did it for $2,815.  He also sold online access codes that enabled students to view instructional material and complete assignments for $90.  That proved a more popular product. He sold 694 access codes.

His lawyer insisted to the New York Times that his client had a gambling addiction but was “in no way motivated” by greed. He added “He’s a good person, he loved his job, he loved his students. He’ll move past this.”
Perhaps but it is highly unlikely he will do so as a teacher on any level after teaching at the community college for over 15 years. He also served on the faculty senate’s ethics committee.

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  2. Ennels was also the President of the College’s Faculty Senate and Chairperson of the Faculty Senate’s Ethics and Institutional Integrity Committee.

    Can you say Systemic Corruption?

    And then read Loury and McWhorter on the insidious of the notion that black people can’t be expected to learn math.

    1. “Systemic corruption”…?!?!!?? Without doubt this particular guy is another pig at the trough but he’s hardly representative of the majority of people in education. who are in fact paid poorly for their important work. And your comment implying sarcastically that this refutes the “insidious of the notion (sic) that black people can’t be expected to learn math” is crudely racist, plain and simple.

      1. The insidiousness of sabotage from within that stems from the politically congruent assertion that color bias… nay, progressive prejudice, undermines people… persons’ achievement. The systemic diversity stems from a Hutu/Tutsi perspective derived from diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment) that denies individual dignity, individual conscience, intrinsic value, normalizes color blocs (e.g. the racist designation “people of color”), color quotas (e.g. Jew… White privilege), and affirmative discrimination.

        1. Big words strung together are a poor substitute for a well argued position. Speak plainly or be gone.

          1. Even worse are short words like racist, a word that used to have meaning but is now a call to Progressive religious faith.

            1. Fair-minded people don’t mind being called progressive, although you seem not to know the meaning of the term. We both agree that this guy Ennels is a pig, but he hardly represents the entire teaching profession. As for your gratuitous comment being factually racist, yes indeed. I’d never infer from your one example that ALL people like yourself are racist. But if you sound like a duck, walk like a duck, and act like a duck, well…

      2. Sad, but typical response from a Progressive unable and unwilling to engage on the merits. And its not even what I said.

        Yes, Systemic Corruption. It is leaders like this that rot the entire system from inside. Ennels was the elected President of the BCCC faculty. He ran the BCCC faculty Ethics Committee. Tone gets set from the top. Are we supposed to believe that this guy was a corrupt pig who stole from the students in his classes but was pure as the driven snow in public as BCCC’s ethical leader? I don’t know about your life experience, but from where I come from the answer is pretty clear. Yes, Systemic Corruption.

        Sadder still are the victims of his crimes. The students who didn’t learn math, and who learned that it is ok to cheat and steal to get ahead as long as you don’t get caught. Imagine the toxic environment in Ennels’ classes. The kid actually trying to learn math to get a better job and life, but who couldn’t get into another section and didn’t have $500 to buy an A. While the kid next to him learned to game the system. Of course black kids can and should learn math. That’s the entire point. The truly insidious and racist notion is that they can’t.

        1. I beg your pardon, but it is what you said (and hence my use of quotation marks). Yours is the typical response of a pundit who has a an axe to grind and then expands a singular example to represent an entire sector of society (teachers). As your erstwhile and former president would say: “SAD!”

  3. If mathematics Professor Ennels charges 45 students $150 for a C grade; $250 for a B grade; and $500 for an A grade, and he collects a total of $18,250 when the number of students paying for A grades is 6 times the number paying for C grades and the number of students paying for B grades is twice the number of students paying for C grades, how much momey did Professor Ennels collect from students paying for A grades?

    1. $15,000. If a martini in a can is 67.5 proof and gin is 80 proof and vermouth is 30 proof, that’s a wet martini.

      1. This is off point but why not post here…Elon Musk lives in a small town in Texas and just bought a pre-fab tiny house less than 400 square feet for about $50,000 and he is worth over 100 billion $ and employees about 10,000 people…JT how big is your house and anybody else posting here…how many people does JT employ…I bet none…well maybe a maid…look at what a great example to our young folks…now take a hedge fund like Dalio’s Bridgewater…employs 1500…has a mansion, yacht, private jet or more and fired a ton of folks when COVID hit…they wanted to work from home and he said you are fired…now who do you want to work for???…not JT…not any lawyer…in healthcare…NO…that’s where all disease and sickness resides…government jobs…not bad…incredible pay and benefits plus excellent retirement package and you will NEVER be fired and if you are just file a discrimination lawsuit…then you not only get re-hired but you get paid a ton of money too because someone broke the law…plus a raise in salary and benefits…you get a PROMOTION…WOW…what a great country!!!

    2. Lol… Professor Ennels sold 30 A’s for $15,000, 10 B’s for $2500 and 5 C’s for $750.

      Thanks for the laugh Mr. Feldmen.

  4. Decertify the comm-union-ist teachers union, en masse.

    Decertify the communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) in America.

    Vote conservative, vote conservative again, then keep voting conservativer until all the communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) are gone.

    Of course, if we impeach, convict and severely penalize (guillotines, anyone?) the entire anti-American, anti-Constitution judicial branch, and replace it with the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, we can eliminate communism in America in one fell swoop – because, wait for it, all this communism in America is actually illicit and unconstitutional, starting with the Labor Dept., pro-teachers-union and pro-labor legislation, which nullifies constitutional rights and freedoms, and the very Constitution itself.

  5. I was a student at that community college a couple of decades ago. I was required by my employer to take a computer class. It was a travesty. I literally learned nothing because there was nothing to learn.
    I knew more than the teacher and he spent class time working one on one with a few students who seemed to have such cognitive impairments that they didn’t seem to be able to figure out how to turn the computers on or what the thing even was. The saving grace was that it was a breeze getting an A and that made my employer happy. Meanwhile, other employees who could take the same class at another college because of where they lived, came back to the office each week with all sorts of aids and manuals their teacher had given them and they were actually learning stuff. Needless to say, that college wasn’t in Baltimore.
    I guess I saw what “equity” was like before the Marxists took over completely, or at least before they made it obvious to all what they were doing.

  6. My father was forced into early retirement from a job he loved teaching math at a small Christian college because he refused to sell a math grade. He gave the kid every opportunity to earn extra credit and bring his grade up but calling his daddy’s lawyer was just way more convenient.

  7. This is why universities and institutions of higher learning must submit to accreditation. They must post yearly reports and then must face a full audit by an accreditation team on a periodic and ongoing basis. The team reviews hundreds and usually several thousand pages of documents and while visiting the site they will separate a sample of academics, students and administrators for one-on-one interviews. The process is grueling but if there is something awry then the institution must set in motion and adhere to the plan, similar to probation. Sometimes severe action is called for, such as this case. If the institution follows the standards, they have nothing to fear. The reports are entered into the public record.

    The institution takes federal dollars and the student is burdened with federally backed student debt that they must pay. They are to be given a quality product (education). I certainly hope this institution has been put on notice.

    This is a tragedy for the students, faculty and institution. The scar of the instructor’s malpractice will be felt for years to come.

  8. Kids probably learned more math that way than in his math class.

    “Oh, I still don’t have enough. Wait 15 minutes while I steal Jabar’s lunch and coke money.”

  9. “He also served on the faculty senate’s ethics committee.”

    Almost funny! But, “quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” (Who will guard the guards themselves? Who watches the watchman?)

    “… 11 misdemeanor charges, including bribery and misconduct in office….”

    OK, misdemeanors can be serious criminal offenses, but, as a non-expert in this field, I think of bribery as being closer to a felony. It involves both a theft and additional misconduct by more than one person. Also, isn’t this close to extortion? Extort: “to obtain from a person by force, intimidation, or undue or illegal power.” – merriam-webster.com (Of course applicable statutes provide their own definitions, but they often resemble common definitions.)

    A professor, who can control grades being awarded, shakes down (extorts?) vulnerable students. A travesty.

  10. And yet Hunter and his dad and Hillary and Bill et al remain free to ply their trade. Sigh.

  11. This has been going on forever…buying grades…we used to call it the teachers pet…or very wealthy kids getting into the top schools…make a million dollar plus donation and your kids will not only get in but get straight A’s too…what is a full scholarship?…same thing…getting into Military schools…all free and all political…paid to play…or Brown vs Board of Education…quotas are mandatory…fair no…so a 1600 SAT kid does not get in because he/she is middle class and white and from a very small town…and now no more SAT/ACT tests…then no tests to get into Law school or Medical school or any PhD program…how would you like to be facing major surgery by someone who went to medical school on a lottery system?…we are heading back into the dark ages…how would you like to be experimented on under the Hitler regime with NO anesthetic and then just killed when they were done because the experiment failed…Boris Karloff was great as Frankenstein but that was a movie…are you ready to lay on that table in real life???

  12. This type of criminality is endemic in the black community. It’s why Baltimore and other black run cities are cesspools.

  13. Well, the story could be worse. Of 112 students, only ten agreed to pay for grades. Those who could afford to pay but did not, reflect the vast majority of people. In terns of the access codes, I do not know how many offers were made, and so, I am not able to say the vast majority of students picked the path of integrity that case.

    1. I agree.

      And consider his having, “sold online access codes that enabled students to view instructional material and complete assignments….” A student might interpret that as something like an optional and legitimate extra credit assignment, like reading more material in the library, and like paying a “convenience fee” such as, for example, what New Jersey charges for online motor vehicle renewals, etc. I never suspected that the state was acting illegally.

    2. When you put it that way, I’m rethinking my view on this. As the Ethics Chair, he ran a well designed little study that proved most people are honest. Important work like this isn’t free, so he just kept a few bucks to cover his time and expenses for pulling it all together. Kudos, Professor Ennels!

  14. He remains a Teacher…after his one year in Prison?

    That tells the story of the state of Ethics in New York don’t it!

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