Thursday, October 06, 2011

Sad Commentary On Education Today

Last year we needed tape to post regents rooms since we had none in the math office, I went in search of the supply guy.  He opened a room that made my eyes pop.  There was a mini Staples under our noses with more supplies than every teacher could possibly use in the year.  I even heard there was a similar room with much more in the basement.  Unfortunately, teachers have no access to these goodies and are forced to purchase what they need.

Last week I needed markers for the dry erase board my college class meets in.  The secretary pointed me in the direction of the supply drawer (the size of 6 file cabinet drawers) and told me to help myself to whatever I needed.  There were blue, black and red pens.  I had my choice of thick points and thin points. There were pencils, highlighters, markers, chalk, pads, stickies and anything else a teacher could desire.  All were mine for the taking.  Feeling decadent, I took two markers, a new eraser and a red pen.  It was exhilarating.

Today I walked into the math office and watched teachers scrambling around looking for a piece of chalk, something they needed to teach their class.  I happened to have two pieces in my pocket which I gladly gave to some very appreciative colleagues.  What a commentary on education today.


Schoolgal said...

This is something the CL should look into. Teachers should be given a supply list so they could order what they need--especially if the school has it.

Ms. Tsouris said...

Disgusting and pathetic. What are these essential supplies being "saved" for? When the school is closed and broken up into 3 or 4 charter schools? What a sad commentary!