Here we are again, schools begin. It’s that time of the year when you’ve hopefully paid (or at least made arrangements for) tuition so your child can begin a new year of learning and growing.
Behind you are the days of negotiations. The back and forth of tuition and the discount for early enrollment. You made every effort to be a good parent, a good partner in your child(ren)’s school . You are going to contribute your max (financially) to make this happen. At this point, you are certain that you have an idea of the fixed tab for educating your beloved child(ren) for the coming school year.
But do you Really?
I remembered seeing a relevant comic strip many years ago. In it you see a man excitedly picking up a Bruno Magli shoe from the closeout table outside the store. The handwritten sign reads “$5.00 for any shoe.” In the next picture he hands over a $5 bill asking for the other shoe. “The left shoe costs $200!” responds the sales clerk.
So much for a great sale.
Before you can actually send your child to school you still need to pay the ‘book fee.’ Then there’s the ‘Tzivos Hashem fee.’ Then there’s ‘graduation and extra curriculum fee.’ For girls there’s the ‘B’nos fees.’ For this there’s such a fee; for that there’s another fee.
You get the point. After you thought you were done “buying the shoes” now your child “can walk” – go to school… Only to find out he or she is not welcome without the “left shoe”… And that shoe costs more! Oh, and “sorry, there’s no discount on these charges.”
Is this fair? I personally don’t think so. Do you agree?