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    creme de la creme

    creme de la creme (n.) (French,formal or humorous ) the best people or things of their kind: Then, what does this sentence mean? This school takes only the creme de la creme.


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    Re: creme de la creme

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    creme de la creme (n.) (French,formal or humorous ) the best people or things of their kind: Then, what does this sentence mean? This school takes only the creme de la creme.
    It means that this school accepts for enrollment only the very best students.

    "The cream" is the part of the milk that rises to the top, so by analogy it means the best, the topmost, the part that is skimmed off as the best.

    > There is a saying "the cream of the crop" that uses "cream" in just that way.

    > Some pilot programs for social remediation (rehabbing of convicts, addicts, school failures, delinquents, etc) have been accused of "creaming" -- selecting only the best of the target group, the people most likely to do well no matter what the program -- and then reporting that their results demonstrated the worth of their program.
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    But even BETTER than "the cream of the crop" is "the cream of the CREAM."

    So this saying means "the best of the best," and the school is saying that it "takes" (enrolls) only the best of the best students.

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    Re: creme de la creme

    Quote Originally Posted by Ann1977 View Post
    It means that this school accepts for enrollment only the very best students.

    "The cream" is the part of the milk that rises to the top, so by analogy it means the best, the topmost, the part that is skimmed off as the best.

    > There is a saying "the cream of the crop" that uses "cream" in just that way.

    > Some pilot programs for social remediation (rehabbing of convicts, addicts, school failures, delinquents, etc) have been accused of "creaming" -- selecting only the best of the target group, the people most likely to do well no matter what the program -- and then reporting that their results demonstrated the worth of their program.
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    But even BETTER than "the cream of the crop" is "the cream of the CREAM."

    So this saying means "the best of the best," and the school is saying that it "takes" (enrolls) only the best of the best students.
    Very informative, thanks Ann


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    Re: creme de la creme

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Very informative, thanks Ann
    Here's a news story reporting on accusations that "charter schools" are "creaming" -- hand-picking the best students from among those who apply for enrollment, and thereby making sure their schools do well.

    The problem with creaming is that it gives a false impression about the effectiveness of programs for the average group of people -- the non-cream. The practice of creaming is supposedly prevented by selecting students by lottery rather than by decisions on each applicant.

    Creaming has been defended on the grounds that it is better to save or rescue or advance those who can be saved, rather than abandon everyone alike because of an salvageable few.

    The story uses the term "cherry picking," which is also another expression meaning to hand-select from a group only the best, abandoning the average or below-average.
    Charter School Students Outperform Public School Students - WSJ.com

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