The Wu-Tang Clan once sagely proclaimed that cash rules everything around us. While that may be an overly simplified look at our economy, it has apparently made its way into the curriculum of several elementary schools around the country, which are doing their very best to teach children that there is only one thing that matters in their little kid lives ...
4A Middle School Where Field Trips Are for the 20 Percent Who Can Afford Them
Middle school field trips are part of that brief, opportunistic window of adolescence where two people can get caught making out at a planetarium and not end up on any government lists for it. With that in mind, one can only imagine the looks of despair in the eyes of the students at West Middle School in Fulton County, Georgia, when 80 percent of them were excluded from attending any more field trips because their parents couldn't afford to pay the costs.
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"We figured being the 80 percent now would prep them for being the 99 percent later."
The school, apparently hard up for cash, decided to quietly remove the option on permission slips that allowed for low-income households to send their kids on the field trips without paying the fee. This would be in a district, by the way, where virtually all of the households are low income (90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches). So it created the ridiculous situation where every once in a while the richest 25 kids would be whisked away on some magical adventure while the poors stayed behind and sat quietly in shame. Hey, we're not saying they're being taught an inaccurate view of the world; it's just sort of harsh, that's all.
3 A Low-Income School Forced Parents to Pay for Graduation Tuxedos
"Terrible Priorities" was presumably the theme of the fifth grade graduation ceremony being held at an elementary school in Queens that required every student to wear a tuxedo or a white dress in order to attend, because we all remember what a black-tie affair that trip to Chuck E. Cheese's was. Any children not wearing the requisite fancy duds will not be allowed to graduate.
"Remember, tying a bow tie counts for half of your grade. Any clip-ons will be expelled."