You Expect Students to Pay for What?

Posted: August 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

Apparently there’s a growing trend among schools to have students (and their parents) pay for supplies for the schools. When I was in school, we had to pay for our own school supplies – pens, pencils, paper, binders, ruler, backpack, etc. Now, many students are having to pay for not only those supplies that they’ll need for the school year, but they’re also expected to supply the school with supplies also. WTF?!?! Why in the hell should students have to show up to school with toilet paper, paper towels, Swiffer refills, paper plates, Ziploc bags, cutlery, Chlorox wipes, hand sanitizers, cotton balls, Kleenex, baby wipes, garbage bags, liquid soap, and Dixie cups, among other things. That’s insane! Students are also expected to purchase for the school regular school supplies such as pens, pencils, erasers, Elmer’s glue, construction paper, manila paper, crayons, markers, scissors, folders, highlighters, copy paper, and more. Seriously, what the hell? It’s expensive enough as it is to purchase back to school supplies. Now these students, or parents, have to shell out even more of their hard earned cash to supply a school with those things that the school should be providing to the students. Something is seriously bass-ackwards here. And the fact that this isn’t a remote thing – it’s happening all over apparently – is quite appalling. What’s next, students will be handed a monthly bill for rent? Maybe an electric bill each month? I’m so glad I don’t have children in these schools. It would be a cold day in hell before I’d purchase supplies for the school, especially the amount of things these schools expect students to supply.

In case you’re interested in what some school lists look like, here are some links:

Joshua ISD School Supply List
McClendon Elementary School Supply List
New Central Elementary School Supply List
Mesa Middle School Supply List
Pauoa Elementary School Supply List

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