Which Class Would You Rather Pay $40,000 to Take?

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REVENGE - "Pilot" - In the premiere episode, "Pilot," Emily returns to Southampton and rents the seaside home she shared with her father, David Clarke (James Tupper), 17 years ago. With the help of her only friend, Ashley, she sets her sites on her first target, and puts her carefully organized plan in motion. Her focus unexpectedly wavers when she comes across Jack, a friendly face from the past, makes a new romantic connection with the son of her sworn enemy, and is pushed into an uneasy alliance with the only person who knows her secret, on the series premiere of "Revenge," WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/JIM BRIDGES)
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The nature of Revenge. Photo: Jim Bridges/? 2011 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Zen Dance, Roman Travel Writing, or The Nature of Revenge? Available, respectively, at Dalton, St. Ann's, and Columbia Grammar, all of which are approaching $40,000 a year in annual tuition. (The most outrageous-sounding class at the similarly expensive Poly Prep in Brooklyn, at least according to the Times' rundown, is Mandarin, which actually is not a ridiculous thing to study at all.) 

So children no longer have to wait until college to spend scads of their parents' money on classes with zero real-world application. Who says education isn't progressing in this country?