Huddled Masses, Yearning to Skip Orgo

The New York Times today has a piece about wealthy immigrants moving to the U.S. to take advantage of our sub-par schools.

Meet the Shins: 40’s, married with children, well-off and well-established back home in Seoul. But the problem was the academic grind their kids would face if they stayed.

Mrs. Shin tells Times reporter Paul Vitello a few things you didn’t know about Great Neck:

“Here are many Asians. And here my children have more … more … chance to live normal.”

The chance to live normal is a relative value and might mean many different things to different people. But among a growing group of monied Chinese and South Korean newcomers arriving in this community of 40,000 in Nassau County, there is a strong feeling of what it means: the chance to spare their children the grinding competition and unrelieved pressure of scholastic life in their homelands.

– Tom McGeveran Huddled Masses, Yearning to Skip Orgo