I think the following quote from a NY Times article about the busy summers of affluent teenagers is especially ironic:
for example, Putney Student Travel, a private company, offers a five-week summer program of seminars at Yale and a trip to Cambodia to address poverty issues for $6,990
It costs how much to learn about poverty? Poor people manage to learn about poverty for free.
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This article is related to my recent post about unpaid internships. The moral is that it costs lots of your parents' money to pad your resume in order to get onto the right track in life.