I am a grandparent and do not have to buy school supplies, but I have watched my children shop for the school supplies and many other things that the schools are demanding that the kids have. I can see that the schools demands are putting a hardship on parents this year worse than ever.
A good example is that my oldest grandson is a junior this year. He has an Algebra 11 and a Chemistry class. These classes require that he have a certain calculator. The school list stated that this calculator was a “must have.”
I was with my daughter in law when she purchased this calculator that the school demanded that he have. This fancy little thing cost nearly $150.00! What about the children whose parents are on a very limited budget, or who are totally out of work and struggling to make ends meet?
How can they afford to supply their child with these things without putting a hardship on the rest of the family? What about the child who’s parents simply cannot afford the schools demands for such an expensive calculator? They will feel embarrassed because the do not have the proper equipment for the class, that’s what!
It seems ridiculous to me, that the schools would be putting these hardships on parents considering the state of the economy. I have also watched the list of things that parents are buying for younger children. These lists do contain the basics such as paper, crayons and scissors that the individual child will need.
The list of school demands also contain items that the whole classroom will be able to use such as multiple boxes of Kleenex, plastic storage bags and even a container of Lysol wipes! Call me crazy, but doesn’t keeping the school clean and germ free fall under the school’s responsibility?
The thing is, I have been told, that if the children do not bring these things, then the child gets into trouble. I find that appalling, as it is not the child’s fault that the parents may not be able to afford all of these extra’s for the classroom. Many parents today are having a hardship just purchasing clothes for their children to wear to school.
I am a grandparent and I do want my grandchildren to get a good education, but I pay a large sum of school taxes every year, my children pay book rental and fees for every child they enroll in school. Why must they also supply disinfectant wipes and storage bags? Why must the school demand such an expensive calculator?
People are still buying lottery tickets, and I believe some of that money was supposed to go to school funding. The state supplies money to the schools too, doesn’t it? My question is, where is all of that money going, if the parents are supplying all of these extra’s for the classrooms?