Next Tuesday Mr 5 is off to start Prep. We have the giant pile of stationary needed, all the books and the copy paper. Yep that’s right, copy paper. The government is funding public schools so poorly now that parents have to provide paper for the school. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge the school for asking for it, but I do side-eye the government for letting it happen.On social media over the last week or so there have been a few posts talking about the needs for starting school. There are different pieces of technology, requested brands and sometimes a list as long as your arm of stationary that needs to be bought. There’s also a lot of misinformation about those needs and a lot of complaining.
Now, I completely understand the outcry when technology is a necessity in the classroom now, and the parents pay for the pleasure. I do think that it would be better if the school is able to purchase these in bulk (and hopefully getting a discount) so they could be sold to parents for a cheaper price.
However, what I don’t understand is when people just flat out refuse to buy the things for their child, or buy things that aren’t what was requested. I’m talking more of the model of technology needed, rather than buying store brand pencils here. School is hard enough for some kids, I don’t understand why anyone would choose to make it harder by not giving their kids the tools that they need.
I have friends who are teachers and it annoys me that people complain about the tools the teacher is using to teach their child. If only they had any idea the kind of money that is put in by the teacher themselves. They buy extra resources, because they know that there will always be a student who doesn’t have the things they need. That makes me really sad.
I’m glad though that we have teachers who are willing to fill the massive gaps left by the government funding. A good education is so important and the reality is that not all kids have the same opportunities. Public education isn’t free anymore and it hasn’t been for a long time.
Have you got everything ready for school yet?
What was your favourite subject at school?