When Schools Have No Money for Supplies...

@Jellen (1852)
United States
February 23, 2009 6:36pm CST
When schools have no money for textbooks, folks always feel pity for the students. And they should. But what about the teachers? Teachers need resources from which to teach. Where there are no resources, teachers must spend personal expense to purchase textbooks or materials or teachers must create their own. Talk about time consuming! It's not just the lesson material; it's also the testing materials, and the time it takes to gather and produce the materials. Teachers are hit hard when there is no money at the district or local level for supplies. And teachers are serious about not wanting to break copyright law by copying off more than permitted by law. Then also, teachers have limits placed on them concerning number of copies allowed on the copier per year. Can teachers ever win?
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@elysium (169)
• United States
24 Feb 09
The only way teachers ever win is if they use their own money to supply each student. That is a hard thing to do since the money to supply the students outweighs a teacher's salary. Two things that teachers can do is ask students for donations and ask the principal if it is possible to purchase a few things for the students and the classroom.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Sometimes I think it pays to let parents know what a teacher's budget looks like. There might be some school district changes after that knowledge became public knowledge. Hopefully the change would be a bigger budget and not a teacher in trouble for letting the word out. I personally know a computer teacher who has our business leaders of tomorrow in class on older computers and no textbooks because budgets didn't allow for textbooks or updated machines. How is that getting students ready for the workforce where newer machine are used?
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
24 Feb 09
This is ridiculous. Why school would not have money supplies? If there is no money then the school will be closed, that's it. I mean if the teachers had to pay from their own pocket to run the school, how can they earn and live?
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
24 Feb 09
It happens, trust me. Schools run short in budgets and what gets cut are budgets, ones that cover supplies, etc. I know several teachers who buy their own supplies so that they have them. Better to pay for their own, than to do without. I can also speak from experience on this one. I've purchased things for the classroom myself because of lack of budget.
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@sanuanu (11238)
• India
24 Feb 09
OMG, how did you manage to do it? I mean if there is no budget then how do you get salary? It must be more than difficult, isn't it? I din't know that beforehand. So, don't you ever complain to the authority about it that the budget is low and you need more money for it?
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
27 Feb 09
Keeping the job is often more important than complaining or making waves. Plus it does take time to clean things through a budget. That's why teachers often handle their own classroom needs themselves.
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• United States
24 Feb 09
probably not in a society that values athletes and actors more than teachers!
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
24 Feb 09
You got that right. But the truth is money follows demand. Actors are in demand more than civic leaders and scientists.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
I understand you so well. I am part time teaching at a Sunday school. They do not have many resources, no money, but want us to teach the best way we can. We improvise a lot, but then it's a Sunday school. A regular school should have resources.No doubt about that.Education should be on the first place of every city. council. region-whatever! The education is the only thing that gives children a chance to a better world, to a better understanding, to a better behaviour. If you pay attention, every war is started by uneducated people, who hardly can read or understand a sentence. That's what we want in our future?