It appears that the Lawton Chiles Middle Academy in Lakeland, Fla. is teaching its students a bit about living as the one percent. The middle school sent out a fundraising form to parents stating that for a $100 donation a student would be granted a “front of the lunch line pass.” According to ABC Action News, the PTSA promised that the “last name or company logo feature on the website, as well as PTSA events AND front of the lunch line pass.” The ad should be “Name logo sponsorship: $100; PTSA promos: $100; Lording over the unwashed: priceless.”You can imagine the response from parents to what they called “cafeteria classism.”
The PTSA however has only scratched the surface. There are a variety of aristocratic tastes that could generate funds:
- Surrogate gym passes: paying to have any designated poor kid to work out for you.
- Prima donna dances: the right to demand any date for school dances.
- Elite grading curves: it is ridiculous that wealthy children should be required to compete with the Hoi polloi. The elite should have a grading curve running from A+ to A — or simply move to the head of the line on the grading scale.
The notion that these measures shows a lack of love for common people has been shown to be false: