The New York Times has an article up about classes to help prepare pre-K kids for kindergarten admission exams: “Tips for the Admissions Test … to Kindergarten.” According to the article:

Test preparation has long been a big business catering to students taking SATs and admissions exams for law, medical and other graduate schools. But the new clientele is quite a bit younger: 3- and 4-year-olds whose parents hope that a little assistance — costing upward of $1,000 for several sessions — will help them win coveted spots in the city’s gifted and talented public kindergarten classes.

The focus of the article is on how such preparation is most appealing to parents who cannot afford private school but have enough resources to try to get their children an edge into the gifted & talented track in public schools. This raises questions about the degree to which social class is reproduced within a system that is, in principle, committed to mertiocracy.

Tips for the Admissions Test … to Kindergarten

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