It's back to school time which means the kids are getting haircuts, shoes, first day of school outfits, and school supplies. Of course this means my Facebook feed is full of parents complaining about the school supply list. Otherwise known as people who annoy me into writing a blog post.
Why do they need to bring in dry erase markers? Shouldn't the schools provide those?
Like each kid really needs to bring in 12 glue sticks, that's enough glue for 3 years.
When did highlighters become a school supply?
Ugh! I just spent $140 on school supplies. I guess we won't eat this week. (said by a mom of 3!)
Look I get that it's easy to complain about back to school expenses. The kids need new shoes and clothes since they have this weird tendency to grow a few inches over the summer. My middle child has managed to outgrow 2 pairs of shoes since summer started. In May the kid was a size 10.5, now she's a 12.5 - she is killing me!
But I'm hear to tell you that complaining about buying school supplies is annoying to anyone who has ever worked in education. Did you know that the average cost of private school is $8,549? Perhaps dropping a few bucks on school supplies isn't so bad when you think about the fact that we have a public education system in this country. Unlike third world countries where children go without schooling since their parents can't afford it.
Furthermore it's not like the school sends home a note one week before school starts announcing that you have to bring school supplies for the first time. I'm in my mid thirties and my mom had to buy school supplies for me. This is not a new concept folks! Most districts send the lists home at the end of the school year so you have all summer to buy the supplies. Quite frankly the fact that someone didn't budget for school supplies or buy throughout the summer is their own fault.
And trust me the moms out there who are complaining about the cost are the same moms who posted pictures of their trip to Disney World or that fabulous cruise to Alaska. There are not moms who are financially unable to contribute, they are just whining.
Then there is the argument that you're buying school supplies for the whole class. Just stop, trust me you're not. Even at my Title One school every parent brought in school supplies. Maybe not everything on the list but they hit the basics of crayons, scissors, pencils, glue, and folders. I know some people think that buying 6 glue sticks for the whole year is excessive but it's not. We ran out of glue sticks by March and most parents bought more than 6. Guess who had to buy more when we ran out? That's right the teacher aka me.
In a perfect world teachers would actually make a decent salary and schools would have all the supplies they need. Of course your taxes would have to triple for that to happen and I'm sure that bill would get voted down in a New York minute. Until then, the parents are going to need to bring in school supplies.
So stop complaining already! Buy what you are financially able to purchase and maybe throw in an extra pack of glue sticks if you can.