It’s getting down to the wire and I am so tired. I was up until 3 am last night trying to get my Project Mom Casting video to upload to You tube. At this moment, I’m typing with one eye open, texting with my other hand, and keeping up with my twitter tread (I’m beginning to think that I may have some sort of social media addiction.There may be a 12 step program in my immediate future.)I’ve had to think about this one for awhile. There has been a lot going on in the world this past week but I don’t think I have the strength tonight to give a roundhouse kick to nuclear reactors, deadly weather, or even all the doomsday prophets. But , fret not, I have someone that I think deserves a good swift kick in the head, punch to the throat and then maybe 1 more to the head.
I am referring to Nicole Imprescia, the mother who is suing the preschool that her daughter,Lucia, was enrolled in because she felt that they were educating her substandardly for the elite elementary schools of New York city and therefore ruining any hope of little Lucia ever attending an Ivy league university. Ms. Imprescia is demanding that her hefty $19,000 tuition be refunded since she was forced to remove her child from the school only after 3 weeks because the school had the audacity to let her 4 year old fraternize with lowly 2 and 3 year olds.
Look, I am not from New York City. I am from the Midwest. I’m not a bumpkin, we have waiting lists and qualifications too for the elite schools. In fact, my own daughter attends one of the most prestigious schools in our city. We were on one of those lists. Would I pay $19,000 for preschool? Not even if I had so much money that I were wiping my ass with $100s. It’s PRESCHOOL. It isn’t even the real thing yet. I know education is important. I work in the field. I’ve seen what dropping the educational ball can do to a child. Here’s my issue; parents you CAN work with your children outside of school to educate them. They are like little sponges.It actually takes more effort, on your part, to NOT teach them something.My problem is that, perhaps, Ms. Imprescia could have been a little more diligent in her exploration and selection process of a school for little Lucia before actually enrolling her. Had she simply, knowing her own daughter, taken into account what the school could offer or could not, perhaps she could have saved herself the $19,000. I don’t know the exact reasoning why this woman is suing the school. Blaming the school that her daughter may or may not gain entry into an Ivy League school at some distant time in the future seems to be reaching quite extensively. If she wants this to come to fruition, perhaps she should bring this suit in about 15 years when Lucia IS actually denied admission to some illusive Ivy League university.
As for now, I am positive that she signed some sort of paperwork stipulating that if she left the school of her own free will that she would forfeit the money.Apparently, she missed the boat on an elite preschool herself or she would have read the mound of paperwork that she signed in triplicate a little bit more closely. So,Mommy dearest, you get the throat punch for not reading your paperwork and getting mad and wanting to take your toys an go home.
But then again, these situations could not present themselves if we didn’t all fork out these ridiculous tuition fees. I think it has a lot more to do with mompetition and a lot less to do with believing that the wrong preschool is going to subtract valuable IQ points from our children.