At the end of the year a supply list comes home with each of my three and each summer I unhappily purchase the list in its entirety. This school year and the past my lists have totaled $500each year. $500 worth of pencils and paper, sharpies, scotch tape, & expo markers. My favorite is when the lists boasts the most expensive brand on request and although I find it ridiculous I comply. Next, I purchase Kleenex, GermX, & Clorox wipes, we have to combat flu season after all. But recently, I find myself asking why do we not have better equipped teachers for the management of our students?
After paying for breakfasts, lunches, backpacks, & after school activities, I don’t care to send frilles to the classroom. When a teacher asks for extras for a party or an experiment in class I am gladly the first to volunteer to bring supplies. But we aren’t talking about frilles, we are talking about basically supplies a teacher needs to educate the next generation. We are talking about a Kleenex that should be basic needs just like soap and toliet paper. We are talking about a marker the teacher needs to write on a board and quite frankly it’s ridiculous they aren’t supplied. How are our school taxes spent that we can’t afford to provide the teacher a way to write on the board ?
As a thought, I realized something, schools taxes do not have to cover expo markers, paper, pencils, or scotch tape. Most parents will send them anyways and the kid’s who’s parent’s won’t, get the extras I send because “the list” says my child needs it. So this year, I didn’t buy 20 glue sticks per child, I bought 4. When my child runs out of glue I will gladly buy more. I didn’t buy 2 pairs of siccors, I bought each child 1. Maybe that makes me a bad parent. Maybe, just maybe, we are inabling the powers that be to choose other things over the general education of our children.
Although education is typically a state issue, we all know infulences comes from the top down? Will anybody dare to change this for our education system ?