Lawsuit Suggestions

March 17, 2011

On the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Headcount blog, Eric Hoover brightens our day by suggesting lawsuits that obsessive parents might file in the mad rush to get their children into the right college.  Here’s how it begins:

“In case you haven’t heard, the mother of a four-year-old girl has sued a pricey Manhattan preschool. Why? For harming her daughter’s chances of getting into an elite private school and, in turn, an Ivy League college. (Just to be clear: this happened in Manhattan, New York, and not Manhattan, Kansas.)

“In the spirit of this mother’s courageous act, we’ve created a list of other possible lawsuits that the parents of genius toddlers might want to consider. After all, nobody should let tens of thousands of dollars stand between them and their stratospheric ambitions for little Johnny and Susie, who are destined for greatness (or business school), years stunning achievements (or frantic nail-biting), and a lifetime of selfless actions (or selfish indifference to others).”

Click here for the whole piece.

Meanwhile, serious people are trying to figure out how to provide a quality higher education for everyone.


About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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