All across the country, adults are rejoicing right now because the end of summer means back to school for their children. Each year parents walk into stores armed with a list of supplies needed to get their child through the school year, but not every teachers request is warranted or even makes sense. Here’s a look at some of the most ridiculous school supplies parents are expected to buy these days.
Tennis Balls Cut Down On Noise
Wooden or metal chairs scraping against the floor is a very common sound in a classroom but one school in Toronto, CA has found a way to silence that ruckus. Students are asked to buy a four-pack of tennis balls to cut down on the noise. Turns out, a deflated tennis ball attached to the bottom of a chair makes a classroom a lot quieter when students are moving about.
Pencils, On Pencils, On Pencils…
Yes, children do draw and write a lot in school, and you can expect them to break or lose a pencil or two during the school year. But “Kimmy Kat” was upset that her son, who was just starting kindergarten, was asked to bring in 48 pencils and a few cleaning supplies to kick off the school year.
A Pencil A Day Keeps The Doctor Away?
If you think 48 pencils is too much for one child, which works out to about a pencil a week, then you’ll certainly balk at this request. Lamika Jordan was asked to supply her child with six boxes of 24 pencils, which would be almost a brand new pencil each day.
Stuck To You Like Glue
Long before computers came along, kindergartners had the art of cut and paste down to a science. But 24 sticks of glue does sound like a lot for just one child. This one Facebook user certainly thought so.
Cheesecloth and Pipe Cleaners Go Hand In Hand
Encouraging a child’s creative side is very important. Therefore, making sure that that he or she is fully stocked with supplies to create masterpieces is a must. But cheesecloth? That is an odd request.
Step Your Marker Game Up
It used to be that you could send your child off with a simple pack of markers and everything would be okay. However, markers come in all shapes and sizes today, and this one teacher wanted to make sure her pupils were ready for any and all type of drawings. Was she doing the most or what?
Be Kind To The Earth While Washing Hands
We all need to do our part to preserve our Earth, but asking parents to send their children off to school with biodegradable soap is just a tad bit ridiculous. Since when is anti-bacterial soap not enough?
Real Money For Math Class
One teacher decided it was easier to collect a fee from the parents in order to buy certain supplies, which is bad enough. But to ask for money in the form of change for the children to use in math class is a little over the top. Don’t you agree?
From Kindergarten To Law School
It is very important for a child to take school seriously, but kindergarten is supposed to be filled with naps and finger painting. Even still, one teacher wanted her little pupils to be very organized with specific color-coded folders complete with page dividers.
Baby Wipes In Middle School?
Many parents look forward to potty-training their children because they’re all too happy to stop buying diapers and baby wipes. So it’s kind of an odd request for a teacher to ask parents to send their children off to school with four packs of baby wipes.
Only Name Brand Scissors
Sure, we all have our own specific preferences but sometimes teachers can get a little too specific. Does it matter the brand of scissors? Asking parents to buy cloth pencil bags instead of vinyl ones is reaching.