I thought this was a really Good Question the other night. But as I read, I got a little confused by the end of the article and about the whole “pooling of supplies.” But, I’ll get to that later.
Okay now. Is there anyone among us who doesn’t buy Crayola crayons??? Is there really any other kind? Okay I’ll come clean. I love crayons. I love to color. Heck, both my grown boys would still color if they walked into the room and I was coloring. I love new crayons and I LOVE the smell of them. Yes, I’m a back to school (crayon) supply whore. I LOVE NEW CRAYONS and new markers and new coloring books and new colored pencils…….I’m getting giddy just talking about new school supplies.
When I heard that teachers were recommending Crayola crayons, I immediately agreed. They are better crayons. They don’t glob. They shade and color dark well. The colors are more even and there’s not a lot of wax all over. Then they wanted Elmer’s glue. The teachers said it dries clearer and faster than other glue. The pencils they wanted were Ticonderoga because the lead is harder/firmer or whatever and it doesn’t snap off and break as easily. Also on the list were Fiskers scissors because they cut above and beyond better than any other scissors.
I know schools now are often asked to bring in those Clorox wipes and they have to keep records now of what kind of chemicals they use so for paperwork sake, I understand they want the same kind of wipes.
But it was at the very end of the story/article that it said “They want equal things so all the kids have the same thing” and “some schools pool their supplies, so they must have all the same brands.” Say what???
Why does everyone have to have the same stuff? I can remember hoping I’d have a few “different” folders and notebooks than everyone else and that not all of us had the same backpack. Now everyone has to have the same stuff?? Where’s our room for individuality???
AND THEN pooling supplies? Why should we have to do that? Why is it so hard for each person to get their own stuff? Why should everything have to be pooled together. I know I wouldn’t want to share my crayons. What if some kid breaks all their crayons and keep getting the new ones and I go a long time without breaking mine and when I need new ones they’re all gone??!!??!!??!! No, I don’t like that idea AT ALL.
Do you buy “name brand” school supplies? Or for in your home for that matter cause we all need crayons 🙂
Do you think all kids need to have the same supplies?
Would you be in favor of sending a bunch of stuff at the beginning of the year and “pool” them?