A new school year always brings change: new students, new curriculum, new goals, staff changes, new district-wide policies and the list goes on. We all know that change is difficult. Yet, there is one change in our local school district of 69 elementary schools that has baffled teachers and ruffled quite a few feathers.
In past years teachers created their own school supply lists. Not this year. This year the district distributed a standardized list of student school supplies for each grade level. To the best of my knowledge, teachers had no say in what went on these lists. For example, no list at the elementary level requires antibacterial wipes, baby wipes, or hand sanitizer. No highlighters are on any of the lists. Here’s another quandary. Every student in kindergarten through fifth grade is required to provide four folders (with prongs). Does a kindergartner need the same number of folders as a fifth grader? I’m not sure, however it seems unlikely. Oh, and all erasers must be pencil toppers!
Okay, I’ll admit it. Mandating what school supplies a teacher can have ruffles my feathers. It seems both restricting and wasteful.
Your opinion, please.