What’s your take?

What’s your take on this?

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6 Responses to What’s your take?

  1. SKL says:

    Well, I don’t live in NY, but I actually feel for this mom – if what she says is true. The school advertises that it preps a kid for a competitive test given to 4-year-olds. They charged $19,000 for the year (and I read elsewhere that it was paid up-front and not pro-rated if the child dropped out). Now unless this child was behind her peers, how do they justify charging $19,000 to talk to a 3-year-old about shapes and colors? I have to assume that if her mom was that particular about the kid’s education, the child knew her shapes and colors long before she entered that preschool. And unless the school is able to show that it has some unique IQ-expanding method that starts with the mixed-age shapes-and-colors class, a refund is in order.

    My kids are not trying out for a competitive anything, but they both knew shapes and colors (and more) by age 2.

    Now, I know a lot of people are going to say “those NY people are too foo-foo, preschool is overrated, the kid is being robbed of a childhood.” Personally, I did not go to preschool, and I haven’t done too badly in life. But if academic preschool is indeed a fraud, then this fancy-dancy preschool should refund the money of all its students.

    I think every kid is different, and some kids benefit from attending a good academic preschool. Some kids will learn more from their parents and from play. It’s up to each parent to decide what is best for her kid.

    I did read that this woman declared publicly something like, “make no mistake, my kid WILL get into a highly-ranked private elementary.” Well, that’s a little weird in my opinion. Hasn’t she noticed that the minute you say something about how good your kid is, she immediately starts working to prove you wrong? And also, that kind of talk is not the way to “win friends and influence people.” From that statement alone (if she really said it), I wonder if she’s playing with a full deck.

  2. Nikki says:

    If I payed $19,000 a year for preschool I’d be pissed too if my child wasn’t properly prepared for whatever test they had to take. However, I find it hard to believe that going to an Ivy League school starts in preschool but I could be wrong. I sent Bailey to preschool, I think it’s important. More for the social aspect. He already knew his shapes, colors, etc. I wanted him to be socially ready for Kindergarten. I did not pay a lot, but was happy with his results.

    I actually might of done the same thing as this mother did. You get what you pay for, or at least in this case she should have! But on the other hand, who s to say her child just didn’t test well, because she didn’t retain what she was taught? Some kids don’t learn like others. It’s hard to tell. I wonder what their ratio is to kids testing and passing?

  3. Jenny says:

    WTH?? Why in the world would someone pay $19,000 for preschool? That part just blows my mind. I never went to preschool. Hunter will be going the year before he starts kindergarten. I agree though you want to find a preschool that isn’t all about playing. You need to be learning as well. But I think its crazy that there’s preschools out there that cost so much! Jeesh

    • SKL says:

      Maybe the preschool is also a daycare, though I don’t know. My kids’ preschool/daycare charges a flat rate for any hours between 6:30am and 6:30pm. I pay something in the neighborhood of $10K per child per year. But, I don’t live in NY! I’m not aware of any “test” they give kids in my state at age 4, LOL.

    • Joy says:

      I’m with you on this Jenny. I can’t get past that amount of money for preschool.

  4. mssc54 says:

    Did I misread that? The first year was fine buy something happened on the second year that caused her child to be “demoted?”

    Maybe it’s as simple as – Perhaps, like most parents, she expected the skool to do everything and she did not work with her child to keep her up to snuff. Naaahhhh.

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