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Monday, June 10, 2013
Misguided priorities put teachers in a bind ... By Susan E. Kiley
have big decisions to make today: how to spend my $107 on classroom supplies
for my next year's third-graders. Let's see. So if I splurge on crayons and
lined paper and a few packages of colored construction paper, then I can't get
each of my students a student planner (which is such a great way to teach my
kids how to be organized).
I splurge and get a ton of pencils so I won't have to start buying them myself
until January? Decisions, decisions. Skip the rulers. I will wait until the
August Office Max flyers start coming out. Rulers might be 5 cents each.
if I load my own kids into the car, each with a friend (because the limit is
three per customer), maybe I'll get 30. Erasers? Yeah, we all make mistakes.
I'll get a few boxes of those.
I have sat with this supply order for days now —
making changes, crossing things out. Maybe the New Bedford School Department
should stop creating positions for people who don't contribute anything to the
system. Maybe we should look into the many employees who wander around the
halls all day doing nothing. Maybe we should allow the real people, the
teachers, to do their jobs with basic supplies. Maybe we could spend some money
on a few pencils.