Monday, August 29, 2005

"What you're paying for is an education, not a room at the Sheraton, and sometimes that education is uncomfortable."

We have a running joke around here that undergrad is just extended daycare and that a lot of boomer moms don't really wean their kids until graduate school. Guess it's not so far from the truth.

A girlfriend of mine who teaches mathematics at 'designer' prep school on the North Shore and I often talk about the problems she encounters with the culture there: kids are pleasant and compliant, but have very underdeveloped problem-solving skills. Parents are often rather pushy and it's a rare one who asks her "but does my child actually get it?" She doesn't really worry about her students' future prospects; they'll all do "just fine" she says because they all come from money.

I guess that that's one way to look at such a trend.

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