In the NYT today, word of a crisis at the elite 92nd St Y preschool in Manhattan. It seems that the chauffeur-driven luxury SUVs are double and triple parking as they drop off and wait to pick up the 3 and 4 year olds, creating safety and traffic concerns. A letter to parents threatening that their children wouldn’t get into the kindergarten of their choice if they, the parents, didn’t demonstrate more cooperation was largely ignored.

According to one observer,

“ That game used to be played much more quietly, over what clubs the parents had their children’s birthday parties at. There weren’t such visible signs of a pecking order.”

But it’s only a matter of time until such things no longer matter, because when poor and working class kids begin to do better on their standardized tests, we’ll have more level playing fields, right?



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