School shopping is upon us again another year!
School shoes! School clothes! And the mighty school supply lists!
Years ago it was a supply list of essentials for each child.The past two years, the supply lists that I received were very brand specific – CRAYOLA crayons, ELMER’S glue, FISKARS scissors, etc. This year’s list isn’t nearly as brand specific. Yes, there are a few brand specific items – Crayola markers, Crayola paint set, BIC pens, but many items are not brand specific. Then I remember a few years where we even had computer paper added into the list. Yeah, seriously computer paper! I actually remember shaking my head with that too. Luckily the past few years have tamed it back down for the kids. In fact this year’s shopping spree was almost painless (for Dad).
However I was curious to why the specifics on certain brands over others. Shouldn’t that be up to the “Household Budgeteers” anyways? Nope we don’t seem to get the choice on that decision anymore. So I decided to ask some fellow teacher friends their opinions on this expectation these days. Their response? It all comes down to quality product versus not so well performing products on the market. They feel bad for the added cost to parents. As some are parents themselves they are in the spending trenches with us too.
So you can relax and be assured there is no conspiracy with the schools and the product manufacturers ( the thought did cross my mind too). It is simply making a level playing field in the classrooms to make the task of everyday learning run smoother for your child. Otherwise one child could be struggling with a classroom activity due to their supplies while watching those around them smooth sailing. That would be so frustrating, don’t you think? Feel free to share your opinion (be kind) below to join the discussion together.