Nursery University (TV show Monday night)

May 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm 14 comments

Ooh, this show sounds good….

Showtime, Monday May 11 6:30pm

From Entertainment Weekly:
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a father anxiously flips through a thesarus, searching for the perfect word for his daughter’s preschool application. A Christopher Guest parody about psycho New York Parents? If only.  Rather it’s an all-too-true documentary about the competitive culture of applying to preschool (yes preschool) in Manhattan.  Jaw droppingly fascinating/disturbing/hilarious/terrifying, the film perfectly captures the mania of thinking a glorified playgroup can land your kid at Harvard.  (Grade from ET:  A)

Well, I am surely going to watch.  Ooh, I hope I get Showtime.  I can’t keep track.   Somehow I suspect that those of in Chicago will be more sympathetic than horrified about what goes on – but from what I read in the NYTimes, everything education-related there is magnified by 1000x.   Plus throwing in the rich, upper-east side element should add a good twist.

UPDATE: There are more showings, plus it is on Showtime On Demand

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  • 1. dazedandconfused  |  May 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    coming from NYC I was appalled at the school process. That was when I was in my 20s and didn’t have kids. Fast forward to my 40s and I’m appalled I’m swept up in “the process”. My friends had told me about this program and I’m looking forward to watching it. I’m fully prepared to chuckle at my own ridiculous school obsession and hopefully keep things in perspective- a happy, well adjusted child.

  • 2. cpsobsessed  |  May 11, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Ergh, turns out I don’t get Showtime. Yeah, I remember when my son was an infant and my neighbors started asking me about school and I was like “oh, I’m not going to be like *that*.” Ha, and look at me now, obsessed with the whole thing. Ours is tame compared to NYC. Not sure I agree with the snarky tone of the reviewer – I hope that person ends up having a child in a major metro area someday and finally “gets it!”

  • 3. Paul  |  May 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Here’s a clip for the movie.

    Can’t wait to see it.

  • 4. dazedandconfused  |  May 11, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    the horror- i thought i got showtime too! maybe we’ll have to catch it on some youtube stream or something. maybe it’s for the best not see to ourselves on the big screen… 🙂

  • 5. aevans  |  May 13, 2009 at 10:04 am

    I finally watched it last night (thank God for the DVR). It made me cry it was so horrifying. Literally. I can’t imagine actually thinking preschool was going to predict my child’s success in life. But then again, I’ve been a freak of nature about the whole kindergarten thing. Crazy.

  • 6. cpsobsessed  |  May 13, 2009 at 10:20 am

    My mom watched it and said the exact same thing – the trauma of parents thinking that a preschool would determine their life’s success.
    At least we have NYC to make us look not as psycho. They set the bar high!

  • 7. cpsobsessed  |  May 13, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I forgot to mention – several years ago when I was in the midst of my preschool search, a co-worker quit and wrote us each a card. On mine, it said “I hope you find the perfect preschool.” That’s when I knew I had become a true nutcase about it.

  • 8. another mommy  |  May 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

    I thought it was pretty funny. Did you all see the part when the director of some preschool gave the tour and they cut to a woman with tears in her eyes when the director indicates that new students are chosen by random lottery. I cracked up. Or the part when the pushy woman got turned down by her first choice preschool and wrote a letter to the preschool director and hand delivered it to the school. I will give her credit, though…she did everything she could do to get her kid into that school. Thanks for telling us about the show. I never would have known about it if I didn’t blog here from time to time.

    Oh-and CPS Obsessed, you are not a nutcase. We all just want the best for our kids! :o)

  • 9. cpsobsessed  |  May 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Were these preschools that feed into elementary schools? Or is there some kind of social ranking that makes people care more about where their kids go?
    Also, my mom said some girl got into 8 preK’s – wow – what was that family’s secret?

  • 10. C  |  May 13, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I just want to keep things in perspective and mention an example of a young person I know who attended a CPS neighborhood elementary school in a low-income neighborhood on the southside of Chicago, got into a selective enrollment high school, and is currently completing the 3rd year at Yale.

  • 11. aevans  |  May 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Some may be feeder schools, but most are not. I heard one couple say at the end as they were beginning their kindergarten process (apparently two years prior to said child ENTERING kindergarten) that there are fewer spots for kindergarten than nursery school. And yes, I was a little put off by that myself. I’m wondering if the bi-racial house helped. My son being bi-racial I believe definitely helped our choices improve greatly.

  • 12. aevans  |  May 13, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I should perhaps clarify–technically not bi-racial, but multi-ethnic???

  • 13. also obsessed  |  May 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    THANK YOU , C!!!!!!!
    I feel people have put so much into this 5 1/2-6 hour day (or what, 2-4 hour with PreK) with their kids and forget that the KID and the FAMILY have so much to do wiht that child’s success!!

    A teacher once told me that there are 4 general scenarios to a kids’ academic success:
    1) stable loving family life and good school – coudl be an optimum outcome
    2) stable loving family and not so good school – still could be an optimum outcome
    3) unstable family and good school – not necessarily so good outcome
    4) unstable family and not so good school – not a great chance

    so, C, thank you for your example.

  • 14. cpsobsessed  |  May 25, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Dive – whoa, that is big. Keep me posted. Changes here.

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