Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Get a life, parent

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Mom sues preschool for hurting Jr's Ivy League chances (link)
Nicole Imprescia of Manhattan is suing York Ave Preschool for jeopardizing her 4 yo daughters chance of getting into an elite college. Actually, she just wants her $19,000 back after pulling her kid out after only 3 weeks. Still, it's so ridiculous a story, that it gets to be the first in a new series: "Get a life, parent" (GALP).

But what does this kind of tale tell us about our attitudes toward our kids and their education? 
Seriously folks, when push comes to shove, it's up to YOU, their parent, to put them through the training process that will equip them for life. You are the one teaching them through your words and deeds (or lack thereof). You are the one showing them how to treat others as they would like to be treated, to be diligent, to think for themselves, to recognize and avoid the herd mentality, to dream big, to contemplate the fragility of life and the depth of eternity. Education systems provide information and skills (and enough Lord of the Flies moments for a lifetime), but cannot come anywhere near close to rearing a mature adult. 

Attempting to buy our kids into elite circles may pad their CVs (and our egos), but will totally fail to answer some of the key questions that will be asked of them throughout life. Questions like:
What KIND of person are you? Do you have integrity? Are you honest? Do you give or just take? Do I want to be around you? Can I trust you?

I wonder where kids learn character? In an Ivy League preschool?
Dad U

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