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September 3, 2017

Back to School Time

Filed under: Education — alvb1227 @ 9:01 pm
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It’s the time of year parents wait for with breathless anticipation – back to school time.

While parents rush out to pick up school supplies and new clothes for their kids, teachers are doing something very similar – buying school supplies. Not for themselves, but for their classrooms.

No, I’m not kidding.

My husband was a teacher for 25 years. And each year we purchased more and more supplies for his classroom. Everything from pens and paper, to Clorox wipes and paper towels. And he wasn’t alone. According to a 2016 article in Time, most teachers spend $500 per year for classroom supplies and one in 10 spend over $1,000 per year.

Now any regular readers here know I have a very strong opinion about the hard work teachers do. They are expected to be teachers, parents, diplomats, nurses, psychologists, disciplinarians, and more. They often lend money when kids are sent with nothing for lunch and offer a caring ear to listen to children’s problems. Add to that they often put themselves in harm’s way when school shootings occur, teachers are literally laying down their lives for their “kids.”

And now almost all of them spend money on basic necessities for their classroom.

Most commonly needed supplies include:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencils/erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Printer paper
  • White board markers/erasers
  • Chalk
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant spray
  • Cleaning wipes
  • Rubber gloves
  • Band aids/First aid kits
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Sticky Notes
  • Tape

So as you pick up final supplies for your kids, offer to bring in some tissues or pens for their classroom. Or better yet, surprise your teacher with some common supplies from the those listed above.

June 3, 2011

Christie and the Chopper…Ahhh, the Hypocrisy!

This week, a story surfaced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie used a State Trooper Chopper, not once, but twice, to see his son play in a baseball game. There are multiple levels of hypocrisy here.

First, and most obvious, is the so-called champion of eliminating waste in government spending using a state chopper as his own personal joy ride. What is even more ridiculous is that a car took the Governor and his wife 100 yards to the bleachers after they got out of the chopper. In my opinion, this is the ultimate “I’m the Gov. and I don’t care what you think” moment.

Second, I find it fascinating that he has his son enrolled in a private school (Delbarton). Now, as a parent, you absolutely have the right to place your child wherever you think is appropriate. More often than not, however, politicians have their children enrolled in public school to show they have a belief in the public school system. Well, it is no secret Governor Christie has absolutely zero respect for the work teachers do. Yes, I know; “it’s not the teachers he hates, it’s the union.” What I say to that is it all rolls downhill. His negativity towards unions is easily picked up by many of the masses and spreads to the overall opinion of teachers at large and for quite a while, he really didn’t distinguish between the union and the teachers.  But, hey, if you have $26,500 a year to spend on tuition for Delbarton…

Finally, what bugs me the most is his lack of understanding that this was completely offensive to the public at large. I mean, can I borrow the chopper to drop in on my niece’s spring concert? Must be nice to have that at your beck and call. He has agreed to pay for the use of the chopper, not because he understands it was wrong, but to get the press and his constituents off his back.

Maybe the Governor should try going back to school himself and try to learn about responsibility and economics again, among other subjects.

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