Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Excuse Me While I Rant....

School's gone back in... and less than a week later the kids are sent to the streets to beg for money.... Please know that this isn't directed at anyone in particular. And if you could shed some light I'd be much obliged... but I'm about to spout - because from my perspective this is how I see it.

As a homeschooling parent, if I sent my kids to your door to hawk some of our wares... like magazines, or cookies or wrapping paper or whatever, and told you that we needed them to fund our next trip to Disney - you'd look at me like I had 6 heads and slam the door in my face and probably never talk to me again! If I told you that we needed the money to fund the purchase of our textbooks or a new computer you'd likely pause a moment (because you have a heart!), and still slam the door in my face and yell that your tax dollars are paying for public school books already and why the hell can't I afford to buy my own damn books!!

As a tax payer I give my money to the government yearly and get no education benefit - not a deduction, nor a credit for the fact that my kids don't use the public school system. I pay for our books, and I pay for anything else my kids do and still pay the taxes. Hell in our county we aren't even allowed to join the school sports teams or activities.

I understand that as a homeschooling parent, I opted out of the system, be it temporarily or permanently that choice is mine. I also understand that if I decided to send my kids to a private school I'd be in the same predicatment (only way meaner cause it cost more! LOL!) I just don't understand why the public schools are sending kids out freakin door to door to solicit sales for gift paper, magazines, chocolate and other crap, with the line that they need the money to pay for the damn school books and technology.

They no longer provide pencils, paper, notebooks, tissue, crayons, antibacterial lotion, papertowels scissors or anything else on the back to school list. So where has the money gone.

Forgive me if I don't buy your wares. I have my own tightly budgeted, school supplies to fund!


AmyDe said...

Did you know that they don't even provide books for every child anymore? There is a classroom set and I think Cobb has an online option. Paulding doesn't let kids take books home OR have an online option so you've got entire counties of kids with NO homework running amuck. And we wonder why we fight for last place in the National educational rankings.

Also who needs the overpriced giftwrap and crappy candies - couldn't they just give the kids piggy banks and send them around - at least we'd feel less ripped off (you know if we didn't shut the door).

Grumpy said...

I'm having enough trouble grasping the concept of selling GS cookies this year. I hate it! I hate it! I hate it! But this rubbing me all over the wrong way.