- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1St Edition edition (September 18, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 044657774X
- ISBN-13: 978-0446577748
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kindergarten Wars: The Battle to Get into America's Best Private Schools Hardcover – September 18, 2006
About the Author
ALAN EISENSTOCK lives with his wife and children in Pacific Palisades, California.
Top Customer Reviews
The author's outlook on the world seems to be narrower than the list of openings for most of these schools.
The book tells the story of several families from slightly different backgrounds, and their long and odyssey-like trip from the land of preschool into the nation's best kindergartens.
Eisenstock's book reads in part like a novel, and also like a documentary.
You really feel for the things that the parents go through as they borrow, beg, and steal to get the "best" education for their children, and at the same time you want to wack them over the head and say, "What are you thinking? These are just little children! Where they go to kindergarten, or whose waitlist they are on does not seal their fate for all eternity, you idiots!" There is one part of the book where a mom, who has been trying valiantly to get her daughter into an elite school says, "You can choose where you go to college and high school, but I choose the kindergarten. It's all about me sweetheart."
Makes you want to barf, huh?
If you are trying to get your child into a prominent school, there are some helpful tips to aid you. I don't think that Eisenstock was as thorough in his documenting of parents from different backgrounds as he could have been. It would have elevated the book's value tremendously.
He also should have included schools from a variety of cities from around the country, instead of focusing primarily on New England.
When you are looking into prospective schools for your children, do you know what sort of questions you need to ask? Do you know that your answers on the application to questions like "where did you go to college?" may be one of the most important answers you can give.
In these days of public schools getting less and less funding, more parents are turning to private schools to educate their children. Combine that with the fact that it is becoming more and more fixed in people's minds that in order to get a coveted education at a prestigious university, it helps to have attended the right schools as a child. Also, there are the other facts like more children entering school, and that siblings get first picks at class openings. Competition to get one of the few openings at a private school can be fierce as hundreds of parents compete for the prize of having their child be one of the elite that made it into the class.
Alan Eisenstock has written a narrative book that follows four families through the process of looking at choosing and applying to enroll their child into the kindergarten of their choice. Each prospective family takes us through the process of visiting schools, applying, going through the interview process, and finally waiting to hear whether their child has gotten one of those few coveted openings.
Alan Eisenstock has traveled the country interviewing the heads of many private schools. He has followed and interviewed many families about the processes and what questions that they end up with. His book follows fictional families in a city that could be any big city in the United States.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great starting point for anyone interested in private schools. Although this book names New York as a place where private schools are intensely competitive, in no... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by ArmyWife22
This was a compelling, entertaining and quick read. Once I started, I could hardly stop reading it. Made it through the whole book in 24 hours. Read morePublished on December 30, 2008 by A dude
This book provides an insider's look into the private school application process. However, it could have been even better had the author included at least one racial minority. Read morePublished on September 29, 2006 by Yvonne Bynoe