Public Education is.....Free?

9 years ago
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Book SoxWhat happened to the days where you went to school with two notebooks and a few pencils?  When you covered your text books with cut up grocery bags and decorated them yourself with stickers and scribble?

We received my son’s teachers in the mail today along with his list of school supplies.  I sit here two hours later and $136.89 poorer. And with all the lovely (read: ugly) fabric ”Book Sox”  that are now required. (See photo..and why they come with 3D glasses is beyond me.) 

Add this to the new sneakers I just bought ($60), the string bass we just rented for the year ($490), the football payment ($125.00), the football jacket ($150), the locker decorations ($35) and the back to school clothing I haven’t gotten around to (I’m guessing another $200 blown there).  Grand total thus far $1196.89….and school hasn’t even started yet. 

Exhale.

Once school does begin, there’s the “school spirit” sweatshirts to buy, the book fair, the gift wrap school drive, the pizza dough school drive, the class party money, the holiday candy drive, the 2nd book fair, the food drive,  the walkathon, spring fling,  the teacher’s gift donation, the after school enrichment program and whatever “new” fundraisers they’ve come up with.

Plus his religious education to the tune of $3300 a year (school is just $600, but the building fund is a lovely $2700).

Seriously, how does a family in this economy swing all of this? So many people are struggling  with job losses and cut backs. I have only one child, but most families consist of two or more children. I can’t even imagine all of this multiplied by 2 or 3.

This is (free) (nevermind the taxes we pay because we chose a town known for their great education system) public education.

I just seriously don’t get why he needs:

1 expandable folder with 6 or more pockets, 6  double-pocket folders of different colors, 2 packages of blue erasable pens, 2 packages of sharpened pencils with erasers, 2 additional pink erasers, 4 highlighters, 3 marble notebooks of different colors (still didn’t find the purple one that was required), 3 single subject notebooks of different colors, 24 sharpened colored pencils, 1 pocket sized closed pencil sharpener, 4 large glue sticks, 2 green and purple ink pens, 1 package of wide ruled 3-holed loose leaf paper, 3 packages of 3×5 index cards, 2 large boxes of issues (unscented), 1 zippered pencil case (about 8″x10″ in size), 1 extra large and 3 regular sized BOOK SOX

to be able to LEARN.

Seriously.

Sorry to rant.

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