Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Back to school, fun for all!

Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to get the kids ready to head back for another school year. Every year, the supply list gets more detailed and confusing. Can someone explain why our taxes go up and we are required to buy more and more supplies for the teacher? My first grader had to supply one box of Kleenex, one Sharpie, and two dark colored dry erase markers. I have no doubt that these are supplies that are meant for the classroom/teacher. Is there a parent out there that would trust your 6-7 year old with a black permanent marker? Me either.

The most frustrating thing is the stores. How hard is it to plan for the rush? How about the schools send the list of supplies to the local stores a few weeks in advance of sending it to the parents? I honestly had to go to 5 stores to find the ten folders in four different colors that the teacher requires. This is insane. Two different Walgreen's, Wal-Mart, Target, and Office Max. I finally found the folders in a somewhat out of the way Walgreen's.

What ever happened to a few pencils, some markers, some glue, and maybe a folder or two? Now kids need two different kinds of markers, ten glue sticks, ten different colored folders, a 1 1/2" binder, 24 pre sharpened pencils, and colored pencils. Granted, with the great back to school sales, this isn't a huge out of pocket expense (not counting a new backpack, we spent maybe $40). Still, are first graders doing more busy work than learning? Am I being forced to send my child to a touchy feely "whole learning" classroom? I hope not.

We wonder why our kids are not living up to their potential. It's more important to make them feel good instead of learning anything. We need to make sure every kid has the exact same supplies so nobody feels left out. No wonder why socialism is becoming more and more rampant in this country...


Scott said...

Perhaps the tax money is being used on educating the students instead of supplies for the underpaid, tax-paying (and in this case, child-free) teacher? -Scott

TJSharky said...

With falling test scores year after year, apparently not. Besides, who says the teacher has to pay for the supplies? Why should I be paying twice for children's education and getting a diminishing return year after year? The schools are expecting more and more from the kids while ignoring the basics. In Kindergarten last year, they were trying to teach my daughter the first steps to reading. When I asked her to sound out a word she was having trouble with a few weeks back, she had no idea what I was talking about.

Oh, and as for the 'underpaid' teachers, those of us who aren't in tenured jobs would love to have the average teacher salary here in WI. Heck, at this point, I would be happy with half of the average 46k.

This is not meant to be an attack. Just how I see it as a parent very concerned about my child's education.