Holy Moses, I've been writing this blog post a thousand times in my head since yesterday.
From the NY Daily News comes news that an Over-Upper East Side mother is suing the ["$19,000-a-year"] York Avenue Preschool for "damaging [her] 4-year-old daughter's Ivy League chances" by not prepping her for the ERB, but instead, throwing her in a ball pit all day with a bunch of 2-year-olds. The ERB is the standardized test used for private school admission in New York City:
Imprescia's court papers suggest the school may have damaged Lucia's chances of getting into a top college, citing an article that identifies preschools as the first step to "the Ivy League."First of all, "'the Ivy League'"? Does the Daily News' readership really require those quotes? Second, how awesome is that "for the record" the lawyer throws in there? More than paid media endorsements, though, private kindergartens really look out for prospects with feisty, litigious parents. It makes me wonder who their admissions consultant is.
"Lucia Imprescia, for the record, will get into an Ivy League school, York Avenue Preschool notwithstanding," said Paulose, of Koehler & Isaacs.
"The child is very smart and will do well in life."
And fourth through tenth, seriously, $19,000 may be a lot of money for pre-school on York Avenue, but it can't be full-day. And if it is, I can't imagine what kind of ERB prep you can honestly expect for such a modest amount. If they're not supplementing with Princeton Preschool Review, I suspect these Imprescias are just trying to blame the school [which apparently cited "construction" for the temporary shared classrooms] for their own bad educational strategies.
My advice would be to teach her field hockey, so at least she'll have an outside chance at Dartmouth, but then to go ahead and try again with a second kid.