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  •  Been there, too (4+ / 0-)
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    bkamr, nervousnellie, Debby, Kamakhya

    When I taught elementary school I easily spent a thousand dollars on class equipment each year, including some old computers that I personally obtained and refurbished, but really, a little of this and a little of that adds up surprisingly quickly. Some years, I spent considerably more than that.

    The point is that practically all teachers do that, to the extent that it doesn't take food out of their own children's mouths.

    For me, even though I was angered that more supplies were not available, I also knew that had I refused to spend my own money, I was only depriving myself of the tools I needed to do a good job, decreasing my student's gains as well as my own job satisfaction.

    And all of that spending came after all the fund raising we did first.

    And out in the parking lot, one of our teachers' cars had that bumper sticker you've all seen - Justice is when schools are fully funded and the air force has to hold a bake sale to build a bomber.

    None of this makes a bit of difference if they don't count your vote.

    by Toddlerbob on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 02:10:34 AM PST

    •  LOL I love the bumper sticker. We certainly (1+ / 0-)
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      have decided to buy bombs not books in this country, haven't we?  

      Books. sigh.  That's a whole diary in itself.  

      Thank you for your service and contributions to your classroom.  It's true that teachers are picking up and paying out of their own pockets in order to continue to give our children the best education they can.  That this group of people are then accused of being "greedy" is too unjust to be tolerated.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 03:09:42 AM PST

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    •  Speaking of the school parking lot, (4+ / 0-)
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      in "middle class" areas, the students' cars often are newer than the teachers'.

      If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one. ~ Mother Teresa

      by Melanie in IA on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 05:01:04 AM PST

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