As if the emotional social mine field of middle school wasn’t heart wrenching enough, one school in Los Angeles has upped the angst ante. To highlight the haves from the have-nots and the in crowd from the out, the school opted to introduce a “V.I.P.” section at their dance.
By definition, if there is a “very important person” that means that others aren’t as important. And with these middle schoolers already struggling with identity and their own self-worth, being designated as a V.I.P. by the school – for a price – is a unproductive policy to employ.
According to Magiera, if students pony up an extra five bucks, then they are allowed to hang in the V.I.P. lounge, where the in-crowd, or those who have an extra five bucks, can indulge in a dessert bar and also get goody bags. But as Motherlode notes, this extra aspect to the dance is a “misguided social superiority — and of course that it’s all in fun, and who would really believe an extra $5 made you a ‘V.I.P.?’”
And while this may just seem like a misguided way to make some extra money for yet another cash-strapped California school the social message doesn’t seem worth the price.
Would you want your child to pay $5 buck for “V.I.P” access or would you ask them to boycott the idea?
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