Recently, while Builder and I were shopping, he suggested I swing by Giant Bais Yaakov just to get more information. I had hoped that Builder would forget all about it until after Pesach,when application season would be closed, but no such luck. So, in I go to the administration office. I am guided to the director of the preschool, since Thing 2 is only four years old.
"Yes, hi, I'm considering applying to your school, and I'd like some information about your curriculum."
"What do you mean?" Wrong answer. But I press on.
"Well, my daughter will be in Pre-1a this fall, and I'd like to know what is taught in terms of kodesh and chol."
"Well, you'll have to submit an application and schedule an interview."
"So, I can't get any information before I apply?"
"You'll have to sit down with the director and they'll go over the different options in the different classes." Wrong answer #2. So, I walk out, singing the "Obfuscation Song" under my breath. To the tune of "Ode to Joy," sing with me!
"Obfuscation, obfuscation, they don't tell you anything!"
Having attended two non-public schools of my own choosing (one brick and mortar, one correspondence), I only care about one thing--curriculum. Treat it like a state secret, you lose my interest. Builder and I already went through this with Small Modox Girls and I have no desire to go through it again. Moreover, these obfuscating tactics cause me to lose faith in the entire system. I'm not looking for a playground, a lunch table or a babysitting service. School should be an institution of learning. If a curriculum is not readily available to any prospective parent, then the school's entire purpose is defeated.