Well, this mentioning of Roosevelt school like it’s some kind of sacred institution kind of got my gears spinning. You see, I’ve spent a fair amount of time at Roosevelt school, I’ve met a lot of the teachers who worked there, and although some of them were pretty nice and all, the fact is there’s nothing extremely “special” about them. I mean, they’re all competent high school teachers, but they’re no different than the high school teachers you’d find in just about ANY high school in the US. However, just the fact that they work at Roosevelt and that they end up teaching the sons of all the politicians and other people of importance to Peru seems to give them kind of an attitude which is a little bit strange.
Let me back up.
In my time in Peru there were a couple of suspicions that I cultivated. One of them was that in various institutions of Peru where foreigners tend to be employed (Roosevelt school, the US embassy, etc.) they give a series of seminars warning of other Americans who chose to reside in Peru. The reason I think this is that when you meet these people in social settings, there is a fairly blatant “cold shoulder” that you feel from them.
Well, I’ve often had the opinion that there is a kind of base/negative perception of a man who marries a Peruvian woman (oddly enough, a woman who marries a Peruvian man is kind of perceived as a folk hero for some reason, but a man who marries a Peruvian woman is just a perverse sexual predator). So, if I were to show up at a social setting with my Peruvian girlfriend (now wife) of many years, these people would kind of smirk into their drinks, and make a couple “knowing” nods while their eyes rolled up into the back of their heads. However, this took place even though HALF of those guys were married to Peruvian women.
In truth, Roosevelt disrespected my wife a couple of different times. I was invited to Roosevelt on one occasion so I took my wife and they just about didn’t let her in at the gate. She had her ID and everything, but they just didn’t want to let her in (it’s the blatant racism you encounter at about two different locations in Lima, 99% of Peruvians aren’t racist but there are a couple dipshits with a tiny bit of money who only take pleasure in screwing other people over).
The security (Roosevelt school has massive security, I suppose because it’s well advertised that the students pay something like $2000 a month to go there so these kids OBVIOUSLY come from parents with money…seriously, it’s kind of dangerous to advertise your net worth like that) eventually did let us in (after what I assume they thought was the appropriate amount of humiliation), but when we discussed the matter there was no apology from the Roosevelt staff…and THAT’S why I would never send MY kids to that school.
You see, when an attitude of superiority is cultivated and even encouraged, you end up sowing the seeds for a lifetime of misery. The fact is, what you DO in life is a far more important measure of who you are as a person than the price of the school your parents sent you to. Still, for some people, getting a piece of paper from Roosevelt is about their grandest achievement, and afterwords they feel entitled to basically the boons of the entire world (and they throw violent temper tantrums when they don’t get them).
Maybe one day I’ll go to Lima and establish a school. I guarantee I can conceive of a better one than Roosevelt.