Leafing through the pages of a magazine Taste of Life delivered for free to my front door, I am shocked at the cost of items featured.
A Lora Piana cardigan sells for US $3,195 (a sweater!):
One piece of Berluti Scritto luggage goes for $8, 950 (are you kidding?):
A Pallas pant is offered at $1,884!
I should know better, since design houses such as Gucci, Versace, and labels represented by celebrities seem to thrive even in economic downturns. I’m completely amazed that people are willing to pay SO much for products they’ll likely throw out when the season is over to make way for any new status symbol. Products that are manufactured for a mere fraction of their retail value. (I know it’s all about adding the cost of branding, marketing, publicity, corporate money and return on investment.)
And the public falls for it. it seems the more expensive an item is, the greater the draw.
So…I have given much thought to these disposable products and compared them to the timely and timeless information offered to parents, teachers and students in my book Grading the Teacher. Originally published by Penguin Books, it’s now a revised e-book including an updated report card evaluating teachers, available in most electronic formats:
Years in development based on my experience as teacher, as parent of four now adult children with a wide range of school experiences, and as adult university student, Grading the Teacher incorporated research and questionnaire results sent by parents and educators at all levels from coast to coast. When published, the book was extensively featured by media and received accolades from parents, teachers and school administrators world-wide, including the following:
“For parents who want advice on how to become involved in their child’s schooling, this …can open the door …A valuable tool in the hands of educators who want to do some self study.” Beverly Brenna, The StarPhoenix
“I am extremely impressed .. Teachers and well as others, particularly parents have much to gain from what is written.” Dr. Lois Harrison-Jones. Former: Superintendent of Schools in Richmond, VA and in Boston, MA; Associate Clinical Professor of Howard University School of Education; Educational Consultant of Harcourt-Brace School Publishers; President of National Alliance of Black School Educators
“What I need to do, and again I invite you to do the same, is to examine my teaching from the framework of perspectives described by Nellie Jacobs in her book ‘Grading the Teacher.’” Adam Simpson. Sabancı University, Istanbul/Turkey. Award winning teacher and blogger: http://www.teachthemenglish.com/2013/10/contemplating-who-i-am-as-a-teacher-plans-for-professional-development/
The fact that Grading the Teacher became a bestseller, reached readers around the globe, and offered parents, teachers and students good guidance and support for years, I’ve come to the conclusion that pricing this revised, updated e-book for $1,086.99 may be too cheap…
Read more rave reviews and testimonials:
Decide for yourself if the real price is worth it…
Happy New Year!