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    The Pre-School Preemptive

    | Chicago, IL, USA |

    Me: “Hi, you’ve reached the office of admissions at [Private High School]. How may I help you?”

    Caller: “I’m looking at schools for my daughter, and I was wondering if you could tell me some of the benefits of your school.”

    (I discuss benefits of being a student at my high school.)

    Caller: “Are you a student here?”

    Me: “Yes.”

    Caller: “Do you see the programs changing in the next few years?”

    Me: “How many years?”

    Caller: “Well, my daughter is starting preschool in a month.”

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    It’s Not Just The Message That Never Dies

    | New Jersey, USA |

    (I give tours for prospective students and their families at my school. In the school chapel, there is a plaque commemorating when Martin Luther King, Jr., gave a speech there in the 1950s.)

    Me: “The chapel has been host to a number of famous speakers, including Martin Luther King, Jr., as you can see here.”

    Parent: “Oh, was that before or after he was assassinated?”

    Me: “Uh…”

    Daughter: “Mom!”