Back to School? Bring Your Own Toilet Paper...Submitted by FLhomeschoolingMommy on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 10:35
When my son started kindergarten I was SHOCKED upon reading the lengthy list of required items! Kleenex, ziploc bags, ect. in addition to the traditional supplies. Then I was shocked once again when the I learned from the teacher on orientation day that all of those items, including crayons and pencils, would be put in a community supply closet! I had purchased good quality items like crayola crayons and color pencils verses less expensive brands, wanting the best for my little student, only to learn that he will be FORCED to share them... Did other parents bring everything on the list and did they buy the same quality items???
Though I now home school my son, I am still concerned with the education of this countries youth. They are the next generation and the future of America. The article below highlights the fact that despite record spending in public education the problems only intensify.
Apparently, the government thinks that since they are having budget problems (of their own making!!!) that the obvious solution is to have parents foot even MORE of the bill. Just what parents need right now! Many schools across the nation are now asking parents to supply things like cleaning supplies, toilet paper, garbage bags, liquid soap and baby wipes! see article:
The article leaves us with the impression that while the lists DO seem unreasonable, parents should just do the right thing and comply. Not doing so will just place the responsibility of supplying missing items on the already underpaid teachers. While I whole heartily agree teachers are underpaid, the logic here is completely absurd! Did you know that, Counting federal money, Florida spent $8,868 on operational costs per pupil in 2007-08 (according to the figures on page 4 of this DOE document.)? see article: http://blogs.tampabay.com/schools/2009/07/how-much-do-we-rea...
The average private school charges HALF that!!! And even if you do not have confidence in government provided education to give your child the best start in life you are still forced to pay for it, adding to the cost of whatever alternative education you choose for your child. Do you know what I, as a home schooling parent, could do for my childs education with nearly $9,000 a year?!?!?! The possibilities are endless! As a thrifty person, I could buy all the traditional supplies, be able to afford whatever extra curricular activities he desired and STILL have enough to say take an educational trip to the Alamo or something! So why do government schools still need parents to supply basic necessities???? The true solution is for government to step aside, or at the very least provide vouchers to give students the option of choosing their school, there by allowing the free market to fix the problem. If public schools had to compete with privately owns schools they would be FORCED to actually fix the problems or go under. See the 20/20 video "Stupid in America" for more on this subject: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx4pN-aiofw