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 Post subject: Sixty Pencils?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 7:54 pm 
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Why does a first grader need SIXTY number 2 pencils? Each 1st grader in my grand-daughter's class, at Tomahawk Grade School, is to bring in 60 pencils. Won't that last each of them through college? :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Sixty Pencils?
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Maybe it's to 'pay off' the upperclass bullies to leave them alone!!! When you're in 1st grade, you're nothing.

I know, I went through 3 years of it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Sixty Pencils?
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Miss print on the school list? With budget cuts there are many schools requiring new and different items on school lists. Toilet paper and disinfectant wipes being two that I ran across lately. One news report I heard said that schools are asking for larger quantities of items to use as back stock in the classrooms, only if it does not create a hardship for the family. This to lessen the financial burden on the teachers who feel the need to keep extra for students that run short or come from hardship situations. But 60 pencils that's ridiculous.

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BTW Nurse Nell nice to see you back again. Hope you are well.

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You'll know things are real bad when they start asking that students bring their own desks. Maybe there's a shortage of crayons in the world.

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Maybe the teachers are Sexagesimalists (base 60). We still use this system used by the ancient Babylonians in measurement of our seconds, minutes, degrees of angle, Sarah Palin's IQ, etc.

Other wise just 6 would last me a lifetime. I teach online so no writing instruments are needed except for the keyboard.

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This just reminded me of the issue that's been popping up more and more lately, and that's the idea of "communal" class pots for elementary kids' school supplies.
I've heard several parents say lately they are starting to take serious issue with the fact that they are fulfilling the unusually exorbitant lists of school supplies that they are given. So they bring their kids shopping and get them all the supplies that the children pick out for themselves (whether it be Dragon-themed notebooks, Dora-themed scissors, Spiderman binders or what have you)... only for the child to get to school on the first day and have most of it taken away and put into a communal pot where it will be distributed amongst all of the students in the class based on the teacher's discretion.

At first I thought this must be an issue with one rogue teacher who inexplicably finds this to be a sensible way of doing things, but it turns out not to be the case. I had no idea how common this is.
And from some of the people I've heard discussing it (including teachers), the unusually high amounts of supplies are sometimes mandated solely in order to build a surplus for each classroom that can transfer from year to year. So for example; require that each student bring SIXTY of something to class, take all but 5 and put the rest in the "pot", and the classroom will have enough of each to last for several years in advance whenever they're needed.

I certainly don't know if this is the case here, but I do know that I think this would be difficult for me to deal with if I had kids. (Especially when the parents aren't told ahead of time that their kids won't get to keep the things that they pick out/you buy for them.)

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I think that the elementary school my nieces attended has the right idea. Parents are required to send a set amount of money to school for supplies. Supplies are then distributed to each child. If little Johnny wants a Lightening McQueen folder that is fine. Makes life easier for the parents and it's a certainty that each child has the required items. The school is able to buy in bulk making the supplies cheaper. Maybe not cheaper than some chain stores but not a burden financially.

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