In LA, it’s a status symbol to say your child attends a “diverse” school, writes Cathy Seipp. A few years ago, she toured an elite private girls’ school.
The screenwriter mom who led our parents tour chatted happily about how her daughter was now exposed to “the real world” thanks to this school: “Her first week here she left her wallet on top of her backpack in the hall and it was stolen!” I thought, “Where’s she going with this?” “We have such a wonderful, diverse group of scholarship girls here,” the mom explained. “So that was certainly a life lesson for my daughter.”
Did I really think we’d fit in at a school so posh that stolen wallets are considered a fabulous extra benefit of diversity?
It’s usually possible to learn life lessons without paying private school tuition.