if I were a parent buying school supplies these days. I’ve heard parents talk about the things listed on their children’s list of required school supplies and I am flabbergasted.
What in the world will a student do with this amount of these things during a school year? I know the answer to that. They’re not just purchasing supplies they individually will be using. What I believe happened is this: teachers got together and calculated how many parents from the total pool would actually buy what’s listed and divided up their projected class needs through the entire school year among that number. Those parents are being held responsible for purchasing supplies for all the students whose parents do not buy supplies….and for the teacher. No, I do not believe the teacher should have to buy her own classroom supplies. The teacher supplies should come from the school’s general fund. And no, I don’t want to debate how much school funding has been cut by state budgets. And don’t even tell me about how each student’s name goes on their supplies. They don’t get the surplus back and I believe it’s all thrown in a community pile.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not a hard hearted person but this sort of thing just purely pisses me off. No one told people to have children they can’t afford. We refused to accept public assistance for Chris as long as he lived with us even though we could have due to his disabilities. We always felt he was OUR responsibility. In many ways, he still is and we don’t regret a minute or dime spent with and on him.
I don’t expect people to agree with me but I do expect people to respect my right to believe the things I do so don’t flame me. It’s not debateable.
Take a look at the items listed below and then check it out for yourself at this link:
School Supply Lists Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
There’s just something plain wrong with this. And this does not include the numerous “fees” associated with different classes.
8 packs #2 pencils at a middle school—-what?????
4 boxes 24 count #2 pencils at an elementary school
2 packs black ink pens at the same middle school
1 pack red ink pens at the same middle school
6 Dry Erase Markers (Expo brand chisel tip—-they have to be brand specific???) at the same middle school
2 Dry Erase Markers Erasers at the same middle school
6 boxes 24 count “Crayola” crayons at an elementary school—what is a kindergartner going to do with 6 boxes of crayons? Melt them down to make candles?
2 packs “Crayola” washable markers at same school
10—–count ‘em- Elmer’s glue sticks at same school—Give me a break!
2 packs dry erase markers at same school
6 packs colored pencils at same school
8 wide rule spiral notebooks in specific colors at same school
6 rolls paper towels at same school
6 boxes kleenex at same school
If the parents who are expected to purchase all these supplies do so, what are they expected to use for funds to purchase clothing for the child to wear to school?
I could go on ad nauseum but I won’t. This just does not make sense. What’s wrong with students having a minimum number of supplies on hand at school and parents replenishing those through the year? I know the answer to that too….but I probably should keep that to myself.
And for one last thought. Do teachers and school officials want to know why students no longer have respect for them? Maybe it’s because they (figures of authority) no longer wear professional attire and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Ankle cut, low waist jeans with crop tops and flip flops just don’t cut it.
I didn’t intend this to become a rant but I guess it has. I should probably feel better after venting but I’m not sure I do. I don’t think our school system cares what the public thinks of them. What a shame.