The day that Yale report on off-the-charts preschool expulsions came out, author/dad Neal Pollack and his wife got the call from their kid's school that they needed a meeting. The 2-year-old just got the boot from the school, and now they're stuck without any childcare for at least the summer.
How do I know this? Pollack writes about it in painful, naked detail in Salon. Says DT reader Anna, who spotted it, "I gotta admitÖthough I hate to pooh-pooh writers being honest about negative experiences raising a child, he does come off like an asshole."
Meanwhile, when I read it, even though the kid is practically an angel compared to Pollack's, I can totally imagine how they feel, and have almost nothing but empathy for people who are struggling to manage to work (at home in both their cases) and raise a kid, and who have been put through the wringer by what is (increasingly, obviously--to me, anyway) an unbalanced, mis-oriented, and deeply flawed childcare/education/work environment in this country.
The truth, such as it is, probably lies somewhere between Anna's and my views.
When Toddlers Get Fired [salon]
[update] Before dumping on Pollack, read through the Salon reader letters defending him from those who already did (but whose original angry letters
I can't find on the site. link, anyone? are here. Thanks, Chris.) [salon]
Previously: FLASH: National Preschool Hoodlu Epidemic
Followup: Preschool Expulsions: Maybe It's Not Those Damn Kids
Commiserate with Pollack by buying his hilarious The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature [amazon]