FizixJunkee: Here in Atlanta, the mandatory school supply list includes red pens for the teacher to use for grading, Kleenex brand tissues (yes, they specified the brand), paper towels, Purell hand sanitizer, and other classroom supplies. It's one thing for us parents to have to buy notebooks and crayons; it's another thing altogether to have to buy supplies that the school system should be providing.
feckingmorons: they are lying
optikeye: Bathia_Mapes: I think the parents have every right to be upset if the decision to require mandatory uniforms wasn't properly communicated to them on such short notice. A lot of people live paycheck to paycheck and simply cannot afford to buy additional clothing.Fecking said he would do it....get in him in touch with the school board and the parents. You should have his name...he said he would do it...MAKE IT HAPPEN.
saintstryfe: 1) The reasonable list - school supplies, maybe a box of tissues. Otherwise, it's just a list of supplies. They're remarkably close to the generic "This is what you need for an 8th grader" lists we have. These are increasingly rare.2) The Hyper-Specific - "The student must have 3 1/2" round-ring 3-ring binders binders in red, yellow and blue with inserts" Problem: I've worked in office supplies for 10 years. We have never sold red blue and yellow 1/2 binders. 1/2" binders are business tools, they come in black and white. (the easy fix: A white one with colored paper inserts.). The reason for the insanity? The teachers are so obsessed with putting the student into a single organizational method that they color code and specify brands on everything. My favorite was one list this year that demanded 3 subject Mead plastic-front, plastic ringed notebooks. I've never seen them except on Amazon. I know this woulda killed me, I never liked that level of organization. Another one they love throwing: Demanding only Ticonderoga pre-sharpened pencils (that cost 6.50 a box of 20, compared to my store's 10 back unsharpened pencils, for a dollar.)3) The Supply Shop - these lists have a few things like notebooks and pencils, but honestly? Most of it is for the classroom. One local one this year requests 6 boxes of tissues per student. Personally, I can only assume the teacher stuffs her bra and is sweaty. Another demanded a large package of paper towels - the big ones you see people wheel out of Costco. My favorite was one that also wanted parents to provide rolls of colored paper for bulletin boards.
TheMysticS: I've had to buy cupcakes for a class of 20+ kids more than once (elementary kids) celebrating birthdays because the parent wouldn't do it
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Just make the school uniform consist of saggy jorts and oversized t-shirts with bedazzled crowns and shiat on 'em, and wah lah, all the students already have uniforms
im14u2c: gadian: TheMysticS: Don't have kids, do ya?I do. I'm just not going to provide a teacher's wishlist of supplies. You can teach without fancy colored markers, multi-colored papers, 25 gigantor bottles of hand sanitizer, 25 economy sized boxes of kleenex and a million little tabs of velcro stickies all over the walls.What's with all the hand sanitizer these days, anyway? We never had that crap growing up. Are they drinking it?And Kleenex... that stuff's relatively expensive, even if you buy it in bulk, if you buy the name-brand Kleenex. I bought the 48-pack of 125-tissue boxes, and even with the bulk discount it's about $1.70/box. That really adds up quick! If you buy individual boxes at the grocery store the prices are easily twice that or more per tissue.
ReverendJasen: FizixJunkee: Here in Atlanta, the mandatory school supply list includes red pens for the teacher to use for grading, Kleenex brand tissues (yes, they specified the brand), paper towels, Purell hand sanitizer, and other classroom supplies. It's one thing for us parents to have to buy notebooks and crayons; it's another thing altogether to have to buy supplies that the school system should be providing.X1000We just had to send in red pens for teacher, erasers and sharpies for the farking black(white)board, etc. Give it a couple years, they'll be adding furnace filters and mop heads to the farking list.
SouthParkCon: As to the uniforms...let's see how many of these kids are coming to school in $100 Nike's or $20-30 shirts and jeans because it's what they "have" to wear. My kids go to a charter school that requires uniforms and it's a whole lot cheaper going back to school shopping. Having fashion as a distraction isn't an issue at the school my kids go to and I'm all for it and IMHO it does make a difference.
Bathia_Mapes: I think the parents have every right to be upset if the decision to require mandatory uniforms wasn't properly communicated to them on such short notice. A lot of people live paycheck to paycheck and simply cannot afford to buy additional clothing.
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