Yair Lapid, Israel's finance minister, created an imaginary person who he thinks embodies the country's middle class.
I went to a private Montessori school in Atlanta from preschool through the third grade that my middle-class parents were able to pay for with a scholarship that I got for doing extremely well on little-kid-level standardized tests. The majority of the families that sent their children there were very well-off.
What is Middle Class in Manhattan?" asked this New York Times real estate section story this weekend that was widely passed around.
I grew up in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the nation thanks to my dad's position as a prep school teacher and coach. My brother, sister and I rode our bikes up and down hallways carpeted with Saarinen rugs, and spent our summers on a prep school campus that educated the bluest of blue bloods, including several U.S. presidents, prominent businessmen and authors. We settled for a few years on Long Island, where my dad was a teacher and my mom was a school librarian at the exclusive day school we attended, and my siblings and I were granted a ticket into an elite world that was far from our birthright.