So, a mother in New York paid a preschool $19,000 to prep her four year old for an Ivy League education. She then claimed that the preschool did nothing of the sort, and is suing them.
There are just so many things wrong with the sentences above, I don’t even know where to start.
Let me say this, though, that if there was any doubt that there is a huge (and growing!) class divide here in the United States, this is a prime example of it. We’ve got middle class families fighting for their right to collectively bargain for their working conditions, and then we have people paying exorbitant sums of money for a preschool.
But let’s get back to that four year old and her future illustrious educational career. The woman was upset that her daughter was placed in “a big playroom” instead of being drilled on how to take the ERB. The ERB is technically an IQ test, and I want to know how a school is going to increase your child’s IQ, especially at such a young age. Or, are wealthy parents expecting the schools and tutors to show them the actual test questions and coaching them on the answers? I’m sure I don’t really want to know the answer to that.
Now, I know that parenting is all about pushing your children to succeed, because if you don’t do it, who will? There aren’t too many self-motivated middle schoolers out there. But there is wanting your children to succeed and then being pathological about it, a la your friend and mine, Tiger Mother.
Newsflash for all those type A moms, many four year olds, they like to play. A lot. Much more than studying for a test. Most educational experts agree that at such a young age, children learn just as much by playing , if not more, than they do by sitting at a desk and filling in bubbles.
And tell me, is an Ivy League education all it is cracked up to be any more?
Yet here we have people shelling out almost twenty thousand dollars for preschool, which I’m sorry, sounds a bit insane. That’s only about fifteen thousand less than the tuition at one of the vaunted Ivy Leagues, yet all little Lucia will get is a certificate saying that she was proficient in, well, preschool.
As I watch my own very bright son whack the daylights out of his friend with a Nerf sword in the front yard instead of learning French, I wonder which of us moms is making the right decisions.
Only time will tell.