"When I was in school..."
I got a new notebook.
I got some new pencils.
I got my very own box of crayons.
I got a box of tissue.
I went home and put my name of everything. I was thrilled.
My kids' school supply list amazes me. This is a nice word. It actually ticks me off, and I am not going to do it. I am going to rebel against the school system. I am not going to spend $75.00 per child on supplies that are going into a communal basket. They don't even get to keep their own crayons! On the "list" I am to supply two boxes of baby wipes, two boxes of Ziplocs, and name brand art supplies that will not come home at the end of the year so we can reuse them the next year. This stuff is not returned, and the next year each student has to provide the same things again. What happens to the leftovers? Get this...the list says, "Note the size and brand." No, I don't want to. I want to buy "generic" baby wipes and "Ziplocks" just like I do for my family. I buy the "refills" of baby wipes to save money, and I don't know if I have ever bought a "Ziploc". That is 50 boxes of baby wipes per classroom. Has anyone ever heard of soap and water? What could they possibly be using 50 boxes of baby wipes for.
And I don't mind buying snacks. That is all good and wonderful, but don't ask me to buy three boxes at a time. Once again, that is 75 boxes of snacks. Where would you even store that stuff? I will send a box a month.
To top it all off I hear how teachers spend so much of their own money on school supplies. Today I got an e-mail from a teacher that said she spend $1500 a year....um, what would that be on? And even if that is true...you make $60,000 dollars a year working 9 months! My husband has to buy tools to do his job and NO ONE is giving him a medal. If he doesn't he can't do his job, and he gets fired! It wouldn't surprise me if next year the list included a Costco size supply of toilet paper for each child.
I remember hearing a story of a man who had the same set of colored markers through his entire elementary education. It was an advertisement for those types of markers, but that is beside the point.
I could buy my child's whole curriculum and homeschool him for less than $75.00, and have him home. I am doubting myself and my decision.
No, I am not hormonal. I am just sick of hearing that the taxes my husband works his rear-end off to pay "isn't enough." I will probably break down and buy most of this stuff because my children have to go to this place everyday. I don't want to label them as the kids with a cheap mom. But...I don't like it. I think I will join the PTO or something so I can at least get a lame answer for why things work like they do. Ok, I will stop complaining.