If you thought Tiger Mom was intense in her approach to producing perfect children, she looks like a pussy cat compared to Nicole Imprescia. This Manhattan mama is suing her daughter's school for thwarting her chances of getting into an Ivy League school someday. Even worse: Her daughter, Luscia, is 4, and the school she's suing is a preschool.
Granted it's a $19,000-a-year preschool, so you should expect a certain quality of education I suppose, but ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME? She pulled her daughter out of York Avenue Preschool just three weeks after she started because she was learning too much about "shapes and colors" and not enough about what was on a test to get into a good elementary. So clearly at 4, this girl's chances of Harvard have been forever marred ... at least in Imprescia's mind.
In her lawsuit she states, "Getting a child into the Ivy League starts in nursery school." Really? Because my sister just graduated from Harvard Law School and never even went to nursery school, but okay, yes, preschool does often provide a good foundation for learning. Couldn't she have given them a little bit more time than three weeks to get going though? She says her daughter was placed with younger children while learning these basics ... um, maybe because she needed to? Of course, there's no telling a parent like that that her daughter isn't a genius.
Her quickness to point fingers and assign blame this early in her daughter's school career makes me fear for every educator in this girl's future. Teachers of New York, beware!
The real concern here, however, is for this poor little girl. What kind of life is she going to lead with a mother like that? A mother who is already planning her Ivy League life and will do, presumably, anything to get her there. I want to weep for this girl and the pressure she will face throughout her life. It's one thing to have hopes and dreams for your child, but another to predetermine their path -- especially when it's such a difficult path even for the brightest students. It seems some of those funds for preschool could be better used for family therapy ... just a thought.
Her mother could care less. Her attorney told the New York Daily News, "Luscia Imprescia, for the record, will get into an Ivy League school, York Avenue Preschool notwithstanding."
Perhaps she will ... if she doesn't go off the deep end first. Clearly her mother already has.
Can you see any sanity in this woman's lawsuit?
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