The schools in Laura’s town are pretty good but not great. Moving to a town with top schools means “a much smaller, uglier house and a community of rich, spoiled kids.” Is it worth it?
One woman in a nearby fancy town said that ten-year-olds get made fun of for wearing Children’s Place clothes. The kids somehow know which t-shirts came from which store.
My buddy in Cold Spring Harbor told me that she had to get Uggs for her six-year-old daughter, because the girls formed an Uggs club and wouldn’t let the other girls sit with them. She also told me that every kid had to have a Butter-brand sweatshirt ($100) or else they were not cool.
Her kids don’t stress about status symbols now. “I’m not sure if it’s worth losing that innocence in order to gain a better school,” Laura writes.
For kids with educated and education-conscious parents, is there a meaningful difference between “pretty good” and “very good” schools?