ramanan50

Want to Admit Kid in Pre School, Submit DNA Analysis.

In Education on April 2, 2012 at 09:25

To admit children in the school without allowing them to enjoy childhood is painful.

Schools demanding that the parents are well-educated is still worse.

But to demand DNA Analysis of children?

Story:

A kind of preschool.

A kind of preschool. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the Porsafillo Preschool Academy, all applicants must now submit a DNA analysis of their children.

The preschool is housed in a modern glass and steel building designed by IM Pei. It’s situated in a leafy corner of the Upper West Side. On a recent afternoon, Headmaster Rebecca Unsinn showed off “Porsafillo Pre,” as it’s called.

“Over here, we have computer labs, C++ learning, which of course, as I’m sure you know, is a language of computers,” she says. Wait, computer language? These preschoolers are learning C++?

“Oh, absolutely they are,” Unsinn says. “And they’re very good at it.”

That’s not the only language they’re learning; all the children are also enrolled in a Mandarin Chinese immersion program.

More than 12,000 applications pour into Unsinn’s office each fall. That’s 12,000 hopefuls for just 32 spots a year. It makes Porsafillo Pre the most competitive preschool in the United States.

So in a bid to weed out the kids who have no chance, the school decided to require a DNA test for all applicants. Before she joined the school in 2009, Unsinn was a child neurologist. She was hired specifically to implement this new policy.

Her team is looking for genetic markers that indicate future excellence — things like intelligence, confidence and other leadership traits.

One expectant couple has gone to great lengths to get their future child a spot at Porsafillo.

At the New Amsterdam Memorial Hospital, Richard Tromper and Elizabeth Tauschen are ready for their test. Elizabeth is 24 weeks pregnant, and the couple is applying for admission to Porsafillo for the fall of 2015.

“I went to Princeton,” Tromper says. “I was lucky, I mean, I got into Princeton, I worked hard. But if our child gets into this preschool, he or she IS going.”

Porsafillo Pre is the express lane, the couple says, a one-way ticket to success.

From Tauschen’s blood test, scientists will isolate her unborn baby’s genetic makeup then pass their findings to the admissions office at Porsafillo. The school has an exclusive agreement with the hospital. Tauschen and Tromper are taken into a room beside the lab, the blood is drawn, and the vial is then escorted immediately into the lab. About a month later, results will be delivered to the school.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1hppgl/:15.P7_TA!:As7go!T+/www.npr.org/2012/04/01/149804404/n-y-preschool-starts-dna-testing-for-admission/

About these ads
  1. I find it ironic that this article was the right-hand column and a list of Web April’s Fools jokes was the center column. Did you not catch the publication date nor the date on which the school will begin accepting DNA-based applications? They were both April 1st.

    Like

    • I am surprised.
      I have not noticed this.
      While on this, their column has a blog on Credit card and the points mentioned over there may also qualify.
      I am amazed at your keen sense of observation , well one always learns from others.
      Thank You.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,073 other followers

%d bloggers like this: