The high cost of high school

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Di­ploma shock,” June 8

It’s not the di­ploma that’s ex­pen­sive. In the 1950s, my Roo­sevelt High School prom was held in the gym (which a stu­dent com­mit­tee dec­o­rated), and the year­book cost $5. Ev­ery­one had a good time.

Some­time in the 1960s, busi­nesses caught on to the prof­its to be made in year­books be­ing in color, hav­ing the prom held at a fancy ho­tel and per­suad­ing girls to dress to the nines and spend a lot of time (and money) on makeup and hair. Teenagers have fallen for the temp­ta­tions of grad night at Dis­ney­land, rent­ing a limo and buy­ing ex­pen­sive dresses.

Stu­dents should in­stead save their money, go to col­lege and buy their class ring at that point in their ed­u­ca­tion where they reach their goals. They should avoid spend­ing a for­tune on a prom that in the long run will be far less mean­ing­ful than the ex­pe­ri­ences that await them once they are out of high school.

Abra­ham Hoffman

Canoga Park

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