This subject came up in the "What are you willing to give up" thread. I wrote the following comment on that thread, but decided to start a new thread because it may have enough responses that I would be hijacking my own thread.
When I was a kid, all you needed to bring to school was a pencil. Everything else was supplied. The classrooms all had blackboards (chalkboards). I can say I learned a lot more from what was written on the blackboard than the books.
I don't remember having to furnish any special supplies when our kids were in school. I do remember one year when the schools issued a list of supplies that each student should bring to school at the start of the school year. It didn't amount to much. A few notebooks, some pencils, and a few little odds and ends.
I noticed our grandkids list this year was multipage and the community has started having special days when they issue the supplies free of charge to kids who can't afford them.
This is the first time I've heard of having to furnish the teachers supplies. I've kinda been out of touch with whats going on in our education system, but this is seeming a little ridiculous.
I guess I am having a little difficulty digesting how much money goes directly to education from all levels of taxation. Now the parents have to furnish the teachers supplies! Whats going on?