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March 16, 2011

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David Taylor, MD

I'm a very worthy cause, and will be happy to send my address to those students.

Elizabeth Anderson

What exactly is your point here? What I see is kids that have great wealth giving money to benefit a charity. Is that worthy of snide commentary? Really?

Ann

wow, pretty amazing! that is some perspective...don't think it sounds snide at all, just an interesting glimpse into that life

nikki

I really fail to see how this post is snide. It sound very matter of fact to me.

Doris

Was it a public or a private high school? Just asking.

Queen of the Weezils

It is, and I'm glad the school raised so much money. But I don't even have $700 to give to charity, and I have a freakin' full time job. How does a high school kid get that much? Because it is snoburbia.

CF Oxtrot

If Ms Anderson isn't doing a satire, I think she has some self-educatin' to do. About what? About "charities" and about "wealth" and about the effects upon teenagers of giving them too much and how that hardens them to those who have too little -- notwithstanding "charity" donations, which reduce power disparity to something supposedly offset by a toss of some greenbacks, a slide of the debit card, or a check that won't bounce.

Snoburbia is all about being disconnected from The Ugly Things In Life, though. Isn't it?

lydia

Doris - It's a public high school.

David Taylor, MD

Oxtrot is exactly right. A $700 donation from a student sounds like the beginning of a kind of competitive pathology that leads to a $200,000 bar/bat mitzvah, a $500,000 wedding, and a life of competitive excess in cars, clothes, houses, etc. I may be reading too much into this, but Snoburbia is certainly full of people who relish conspicuous consumption, and they get their start somewhere.

Bob in Loudoun

David, or it might lead to competing with other charitably minded individuals to see who can contribute the most. Why assume this will lead to competitive consumption? I think you have made a logical leap that is not warranted.

David Taylor, MD

Bob: Your correction of my logic is appreciated, but my proposal was based on my wife's experience in Reston, at a Snoburban elementary school at which many kids arrived every day by limo -- it was clear that the competition among students and families over donations (this elementary school had its own fund-raising office and staff) was only part of a larger sense of beating the Joneses, not just keeping up with them. I sincerely doubt that students there learned to limit this to charitable donations. Maybe they did -- I acknowledge that -- but somehow, given the model of their parents, I doubt it.

mistah charley, ph.d.

What strikes me about this story is the principal being duct-taped to the wall. It's undignified - and of course that is the appealing part, fundraisingwise. But I wonder if, in the long run, considering the goals of education include inculcation not only of skills and knowledge, but of attitudes, it might not be counterproductive.

Lena

it's funny when I read these comments because I go to the school in question. And about the principle being duct taped to the wall, I can assure you, mistah, that it was all done in good sport...there was no loss in dignity...we did it with the understanding that we can't tape the principle on a wall under normal circumstances:)
Oh, and while I'm at it, while we did raise alot of money for charity, we do not compete with each other in conspicuous consumption.. Alot of people in this school, including me, aren't very rich since this is a public school after all...

But I enjoy reading this blog anyways, even though I think some articles are a bit exaggerated...


Elizabeth

The post is snide because she makes charitable giving sound like a bad thing. None of you (including the author) seem to have any idea how that student may have raised the $700 - perhaps its was earnings from a summer job or proceeds from a charitable sale. That would negate CF's automatic assumption that students who donate money are disconnected from the real world.

The government is cutting social services everywhere, and the only way that will be covered is through donations and charitable giving - and yes that means straight cash sometimes. If people want to get competitive, that's their issue. At least some worthy causes can then benefit from "snoburbia."

David Taylor, MD

Elizabeth flings a soaking wet blanket on our fun here, but of course she is depressingly correct. Surveys suggest that the more money people have/make/earn, the more they give to charities, and that's a good thing, and should not be ridiculed.

That said... Well, never mind.

Justafed

Okay, so I am all for kids at rich high schools doing charity fund raiders. It's a given that there is money available, and from other posts in this blog it's more than obvious that there are less...productive ways to spend it. But there are hierarchies in all things in snoburbia, and I think it is interesting that this charity fundraiser has become something of a competition among schools in the county. So, given my mad search engine skills, it did not take long to find out what school did this, and see the press release put out by the school system, which reads in part:

For the sixth year in a row, [name deleted] High School was the top earner for the National Capital Area Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign...

So I am impressed that they raised over 3.8 million pennies, but a bit uneasy at the idea that we need to make this, like everything else, really a competition. The press release does not mention the total amount raised by the whole district, for example, and we don't even know whether donations have been going up and up overall during this time. We do know, however, that only the winning school was named.

Kim

I'm amused that the student from the overclass snoburban high school can't spell principal or a lot.

David Taylor, MD

Kim: Good catch! Perhaps attending that high school is a function of geography, not intelligence.

Kelly

Principle! Too funny, considering.

lovesnobparents

I never knew that adults can be so funny and insightful. Making fun of a kid for using principle instead of principal. And then trying to analyze the intents of others that you don't know. All I can say is -- very mature.

I am a student at that so called snoburbia school. Yes, there are many well of students, but not all of us are. The fundraising is a month long effort at our school where groups of students make various fun events and projects and as a result most of the donations are small. I know because I've seen them going to the bank to have all the change counted. The students that run these events give up countless lunches, afternoons, evenings and some weekends to raise this money. This may not seem like a bog deal, but how many of you out there are doing this? How many of you give up time to do volunteer work to raise money for a charity? Some of you may say that you are too busy making ends meet as you are the exceptions to snoburbia, but from reading the posts we know thats not true.

You care about ridiculing us for taking some time to raise money for a worthwhile cause. People are often criticizing us for not being more thoughtful and compassionate. Here are some of us trying to do a good thing and a bunch of idiot parents with nothing better to do use it to have some fun because you all are so witty.

Not only did the school raise money, but they also had interviews with students and teachers about how Leukemia had affected them and informed and educated us about Leukemia. One of my teachers talked about how his mother in law nearly died. Thats one of the reasons I gave. I didn't give to compete with another kid.

Thank you for the opportunity to laugh at how ridiculous you all are as many of you think you are the exception to snoburbia, but you in fact are the definition of snoburbia. Many of you are insincere, inconsiderate, small minded, and unfortunately pathetic, which is sad because it sounds like some of you are parents. You must be raising some great kids out there!

As you snobs know well, please ignore my typos, I wrote this on my blackberry ;)

Queen of the Weezils

Sorry, a high school kid should have learned how to proofread by now, as should you. Oh, and if I may offer a few corrections: it's "well off" not "well of", "big deal" not "bog deal".

As for the nature of the posts, it is clear that you missed that much of this site and much of the commentary is self-referential. We're making fun of ourselves as well as you.

Doris

David Taylor, was that the school Grant Hill attended (and, yes, I realize that was a LONG time ago!)?

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