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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Back To School

School will soon be in back in session and don’t I know it. Walmart has made school lists available in the front of their stores for the convenience of their customers. My daughter, very excited about emerging as a 7th grader, eagerly presented hers and my jaw dropped to the floor. Understanding that she is 12 and emotionally vulnerable as a “tween”, I suppressed my shock/outrage over the overwhelming price tag of her solid Cecil County Education. No embarrassing public displays here. Nuh uh, no way. Not me… But I ask you since when should one class require 20 folders anyway? And, speaking of absurdities, why is there a necessity for my child (who was born beautifully with 10 fingers and 10 toes) to master a Band Saw in school? I posed this question to my daughter’s “Shop” teacher and received a response that was little more than growl. Go figure. (Don’t worry about it Mr. B-it’s not going to happen anyway!) Well, I guess I should be somewhat placated by the fact that a power tool was not on her supply list, everything else is…


Does Maryland offer a tax holiday for back to school shopping and supplies? If not, Delaware is just a short drive from many locations in MD. Tax free shopping may not solve the problems with our school systems, but it's gentler on the wallet.

By Anonymous Russell, at 1:05 PM  

Through a third party reference, I was advised that some Delaware districts are now requiring the students to stock the school with supplies through these lists! While the administrators rip off all of us, and syphon the funding from our childrens' education, we have to come in the back door and supply the school with the basics for use by not only our children but for all of them.

By Blogger Larry, at 8:57 AM  

Yes, that is true Larry. Not only is it required to get folders and crayons/markers, etc but also on that same list is kleenex, baby wipes, and a roll of paper towels. Will TP be next?

By Blogger Becky, at 3:13 PM  

No, I doubt they will require toilet paper. During my son's last 2 years in public school, they locked the bathrooms, during most of the day. I will have to defer to him on the precise details... perhaps he can add a comment with them? :)

By Blogger Larry, at 6:04 PM  

I've seen the changing in the school system over the last 10 years and it is ridiculous. Students do have to buy paper, tissues, pencils, glue, erasers, and many other things on the first day of school or they get an F on their first assignment. If they fail or miss a few questions on their "Code of Conduct" test... they get detention and "have" to retake it until they pass. Then, at the end of the year, they throw away all of the extra supplies. And as said above, my high school locked all bathrooms at certain times of the day. They have teachers "guard" the "bathroom"(Yes, 1 bathroom per gender for 1000 students). Teachers have 2 bathrooms. Nurses office was always packed with kids trying to use that restroom as well. I do understand that the principle etc. are trying to stop kids from smoking but personally, I'd much rather they let the kids smoke outside and leave the bathroom to open. Dickinson has a courtyard that used to be used for smoking so kids didn't have to leave school to continue their addictions. Now we just pretend they aren't smoking cigarettes or marijuana right in front of us. Well, to get back to the initial point, schools are using the "F" grade as a way to get students and parents to give them what they want so they can pay their administrators more money.

By Anonymous Brevin, at 6:41 PM  

I am furious about the state of things in our public school systems... except the aspects of the code of conduct test you mention... that seems like a wonderful thing!

By Blogger Larry, at 6:48 AM  

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