Mom Sues Preschool for teaching Shapes and Colors

Katherine - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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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?


Does it ever end? Why is everyone so litigious these days? What a jerk IMO.

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Amie - posted on 03/18/2011

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I'm confused. I found another article on this, that states her daughter started preschool in 2009 when she was 3. That her daughter was "dumped" in a class with 2 and 3 year olds. Then it went on to say that at 4 she was still learning shapes and colours.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post...

As for the whole thing. I dunno. Something isn't right with the whole story. If this elite preschool was that bad, wouldn't it have come out a lot sooner? Especially with the prices those parents are paying?

I think she has lost her marbles, personally. "A big playroom" is the best suited "classroom" for preschoolers to learn in. If she'd pull her head out, she'd know that.

Did she even bother to ask (since she obviously missed the explanations when they went over the curriculum at the very beginning) how, what they were teaching her daughter was going to help her education? How it was helping towards prep for the ERB test?

Nope. Way too vague so far. Though I will say it does sound like she keeps handing off the responsibility to others instead of saying; oh hey - maybe I should be helping to teach my child and maybe I should be working alongside the school to find out exactly what they are teaching if it's not clear to me and how that relates to what I want for my child!

Dana - posted on 03/18/2011

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I also found it messed up that she was 4 yrs old, in a class with 2 year olds learning shapes and colors. The mother has said her daughter already knew what they were teaching...it just seems that there's more to this story than just the media sensationalizing it as a "out of control, uppity mother".

Dana - posted on 03/18/2011

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I disagree. If I paid $19,000 dollars for preschool because they promised that they would properly prepare my child for the ERB (to get into private school)and they weren't, then I'd want my money back. Do I think she's going to extremes for wanting "damages" paid, yes.

People are up in arms because she wants her child to be accepted into a private school instead of public schools, well, I find nothing wrong with that. Everyone seems to be taking great offense (in the media) to this mom not wanting her child to attend public schools but, who are they to say. It's not their child.



*edited to add* I also find it misleading. This isn't about the child getting in to an Ivy league school now but, to get into a proper private school for elementary through high school.

Krista - posted on 03/18/2011

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Ye gods. It's admirable to want your child to get as high-quality an education as possible, so that they have as many options open to them as possible. But to imply that preschool should be akin to a SAT prep course? WTF, lady?

I feel so sorry for that kid. And so sorry for any of her future teachers -- parent-teacher conferences with that woman are going to be nightmarish.

Desiree - posted on 03/18/2011

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Can I ask what is it with people in the USA and crazy law suits? Does no one have anything better to do?

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Stifler's - posted on 03/19/2011

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Isn't 4 like preschool age? Where they colour in and still take naps?

Katherine - posted on 03/19/2011

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@ Amie, wth? That is confusing. The whole thing sounds fishy. They did say in both of those articles she was 3 if I'm not mistaken.

Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011

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A New York City woman is suing an Upper East Side preschool for failing to properly prepare her 4-year-old child for elite city schools.

In court documents filed in Manhattan Superior Court, Nicole Imprescia said when she met with officials at York Avenue Preschool in the fall of 2009, she was told that the $19,000 a year preschool would prepare her daughter, Lucia, for the ERB standardized test, which the top private elementary schools use in making admission decisions.

The suit says “At the age of four, [York Ave. Preschool] was still teaching [Lucia] about shapes and colors-a two year old’s learning environment.”

The NYC mother said the school is a fraud and it is nothing more than a “big playroom.”

Imprescia said the elite school told her that “it had a high success rate in getting its students into high caliber schools, both public and private.” She said the probability of this happening is very slim since her daughter is forced to spend time with lesser-minded two and three-year-olds.

The suit says Imprescia is seeking class action status on behalf of “all the consumers of preschool services provided by [York Ave. Preschool] during the years 2009 through 2011.”

http://theoriginalgreenwichdiva.com/nico...

Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011

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Well since they're only 3 weeks into school she should be able to get her money back, or most of it anyways.

Dana - posted on 03/18/2011

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Yes, and obviously she didn't feel they were living up to their end of the deal. Who am I to say or anyone else.

Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011

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But they DO go over the curriculum. So she should have KNOWN what to expect.

Katherine - posted on 03/18/2011

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If she knew the curriculum there should be no questions. Before you enroll, they go over everything with you.
She is an idiot.

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I agree with Tracey, money makes people think they are entitled to anything they want. Even when it means stealing your child's childhood. And as for why people in the US go crazy with the lawsuits? It's one of those things that (and I hang my head in shame and bewilderment in saying this) has unfortunately become part of our way of life in many places. It drives me nuts. Someone slips at the grocery store and the first thing they think of is some hack lawyer they saw on tv, instead of just owning up to the fact that they weren't watching where they were walking and tripped over their own two feet. Noooo...they sue because it's the store's responsibility to make sure they are surrounded by fucking cotton the whole time they are in the store just in case they bump a shelf. Please. I hate that about this country and I definitely think that's one of the US's more annoying flaws.

Tara - posted on 03/18/2011

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That poor kid. She will probably grow up having her little brain packed full of facts and will be constantly under pressure to be better, faster and first.
She will likely get into an Ivy League school, but her emotional intelligence (or lack of) will guarantee a life of empty intimate relationships, failed friendships, narcissistic behaviour and academic excellence. Hmmm.... quite the trade off. So she might make millions, but she will be planning her mothers demise the whole time.

Sarah - posted on 03/17/2011

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That poor child! What kind of mother would be so insane!? I think that woman needs a serious chill pill! My oldest 2 are in Kindergarten and 1st grade and I would never ever try to force my 'dreams' on them, it's their life and they will choose their own paths. Some parents just need to love their kids instead of trying to make money off of them!!!

Sneaky - posted on 03/16/2011

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I think it just goes to show that if you have enough money, you think you can buy anything . . . IMO.

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