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Old 04-29-2013, 08:54 PM   #111
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The way some of these replies are going, I envision that some posters must have encountered hoarding co-workers in their adulthood -- Men clutching dry-erase markers to their chests, hunched over while scurrying to their offices muttering "My precious, my precious." I can't think of another reason why the fervor for pooling supplies would be so deeply-held.


To the poster talking about supply-pooling forcing children to be "little Socialists" -- really???
To the bolded: Where was that? Did I miss that part?

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Old 04-29-2013, 09:47 PM   #112
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To the poster talking about supply-pooling forcing children to be "little Socialists" -- really???
I think she was making a reference to the pp who said she liked the idea of pooling because she is a socialist.
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In our class, we both pool and do individual. We leave it up to our students. We have so many extra pencils that we didn't ask our students to bring any this year, though most did anyway. We have a container of pencils in the classroom, and anyone is free to use those. If a student chews on the pencils, eats the erasers, etc., then those particular pencils become that student's and he/she is only allowed to use those pencils (or his/her own). Once student shows us that he/she can use a pencil without damaging it, then the student may use the pooled pencils once again. As for sharpening the pencils, the students are not allowed to use the electric pencil sharpener because every time we let them use it, the pencil sharpener is broken within a few days. We do have a few select students whose job is to sharpen pencils at the end of the day.
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Old 04-30-2013, 06:03 AM   #114
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The teacher is "quite irresponsible" because he or she sent home a list requesting supplies? Hyperbole, much?
The teacher is irresponsible at handling classroom supplies, yes. She has now requested six boxes of pencils per child. Obviously not every child would send each time because people are like that, but if she was managing classroom materials wisely she would not have need for near that amount. She has also requested items each month, yes, she is not being responsible with materials. That's not to say she's a horrid teacher, she may be great at reaching the kids but it sounds like she needs to work on her classroom management skills.

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The way some of these replies are going, I envision that some posters must have encountered hoarding co-workers in their adulthood -- Men clutching dry-erase markers to their chests, hunched over while scurrying to their offices muttering "My precious, my precious." I can't think of another reason why the fervor for pooling supplies would be so deeply-held.

To the poster talking about supply-pooling forcing children to be "little Socialists" -- really???
That was me. it was somewhat tongue in cheek at another poster. But the idea of communal property is much more socialist than not. And I don't think it will turn them into socialists....But it's not that much different than saying that non poolers will be less charitable, have less sense of community or be clutching their white boards to their chest in the workplace, is it? When I read those things I also think -- really???
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Re: Class of woodchucks!! Mean Parent?

I knew that throwing out the word Socialist was going to get my post taken out of context! Ha!
Here, I'll quote myself:
"As a Socialist, I would be happy to contribute to the school supply pool. I like the idea of building a sense of community by sharing supplies. I think fostering the 'this is mine and you can't have it' mentality breeds selfish, inwardly focused adults.

That being said, I understand budgeting and not being able to afford more supplies during the year, when you weren't prepared to buy them. Although, there might be kids whose parents are having to choose between keeping the lights on or dinner on the table."


Very middle of the road, I understand both sides post but I used the term Socialist. My intent was to say that my mindset was coming from a Socialist point of view, not hoping to raise tiny Socialist. DH is a Libertarian and probably prefer to see DD in a t-shirt with Thomas Jefferson on it than one with a hammer and sickle. Hehe.

I did find the tongue in cheek poke at my post by jen_batten funny.
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