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Old 08-28-2011, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I love this idea. I HATE asking family members to buy useless junk at three times the price. I'd rather just make a contribution.

Some of the private schools have a buy out level. If the family contributes X dollars, they don't have to do fund raisers. I'd rather pledge $20 a month for the year than have to sell candy or candles that someone is making a huge profit on.
I have said that myself many times over. I found it better in high school. There wasn't as much fund raising, or maybe I just became inured to it and didn't pay attention when the information came home.

As for the private schools, why don't they just raise tution to cover the costs?
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Old 08-28-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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Some parents still give apples to teachers they like, but they are iPods.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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For any public school employee to be standing around with their hand out looking for money and presents for doing their job, when so many of their students' parents are struggling financially, being laid off, losing their homes to foreclosure....is mind boggling. It's the absolute epitome of bad taste and boorish behavior.

This is my point---many parents are facing extreme economic hardship, at least the teacher has a job. asking for supplies is one thing, mkaing gift lists parents are supposed to follow is another.



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Old 08-28-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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And, again, I do not know of a school personally where this is allowed or accepted as practice. On the contrary, I know many, including my own, where it would be an issue worth of disciplinary action.
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Old 08-28-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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I've never, never, EVER asked parents for a gift nor, to the best of my knowledge, have any of my colleagues done so, either.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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I've never, never, EVER asked parents for a gift nor, to the best of my knowledge, have any of my colleagues done so, either.
In the 17 years (total) that I had kids in public school, no one ever aksed us for money for a birthday gift for a teacher.

Some room mothers do get a little over-zealous. I recall some incidents in the back of my mind whose details are fuzzy now. I haven't had a kid in ele school since 1998.
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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Crazy kiss-ass parents, of course, do not = "teachers demanding presents."
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Old 08-28-2011, 07:53 PM
 
Location: 60630
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I TOTALLY AGREE OP!

My son just started school and almost everyday he brings home something that we need to sell or buy....for the school.
What the heck is going on here?
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:04 PM
 
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Just don't participate. Problem solved.
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:38 PM
 
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In the 17 years (total) that I had kids in public school, no one ever aksed us for money for a birthday gift for a teacher.

Some room mothers do get a little over-zealous. I recall some incidents in the back of my mind whose details are fuzzy now. I haven't had a kid in ele school since 1998.
I never had anyone ask and in fact, we didn't even know the birthdays of the teachers. I haven't had any ask even in these days and my grandchildren are in elementary now.

There are *wish lists* for teachers when we have our book sale. The room moms often arrange gifts for teacher appreciation day (usually a lunch for the teachers is involved in that) and for the holidays (though not everyone gives Christmas gifts, some do).

When I taught no parents ever knew my birthday either, nor did the kids. I certainly would not have expected any birthday presents from the students.
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