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March 07, 2011


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gary rith

One advantage there, and millions more every day.


As soon I read the sentence about one class set of copies, I started thinking, "But what about highlighting?"
I'm all for reduce, reuse, and recycle (the new "3 R's") but for an assignment like the one you describe, there is so much more learning going on when the students can highlight and mark up an article.
I'm almost embarrassed to say that our schools here not only have the highlighting technique (simpler in elementary school, but still happening) but we also have interactive smart boards.
We're not rich, but the county has plenty who are rather wealthy. Of course, the smart boards were ordered before the budget crunches started (and that's a whole 'nuther public outcry these days).

Manic Mommy

Thanks for the reminder. HRH's teacher asked for copy paper. And from 22 kids, she'll probably see 20+ packages.

As you seek a possibly career alternative, you should think about grant-writing.

aaryn b.

Don't EVEN get me started about copies. Oh, wait...you just did.

My daughter is in the only public French immersion school in the state of California. (It's a magnet which, like all magnets here, are losing their supplemental funding next year which is being dispersed evenly across all schools, but that's another issue.) The mandated California state curriculum is not offered in French, but to be able to use the most basic workbooks available---which are geared toward 5-year-old native speakers---the children in kindergarten have to be brought up to the workbook level an effort that takes the first four or five months of school. Which means that the teachers must translate all the curriculum into French and then use---wait for it!---copies in order to teach. Our school put the kibosh on copies in early December because they were so grossly over budget. Suddenly, the work coming home didn't include anything but pages and pages and pages of math which had been torn out of the workbooks. Awesome move if you want kids to loathe math. Not so great for learning.

The public school system is completely imbalanced and totally f***ed. Unless grown-ups begin to prioritize education, nothing is going to get better.

green girl in wisconsin

I just brought a bunch of my husband's "reject" paper to my kids' school--they'll use it as project paper. It's amazing when you look at the budget constraints on supplies. Just shocking.


My 9th grader was requested to bring in a ream of paper from 6 different classes at the beginning of the year. That's a lot of paper! I really don't know how many of the kids actually donated that much paper - probably many in the advanced classes and relatively fewer in the standard classes.


As I become more and more concerned with our public schools, I wonder how I can best supplement my kid's education at home, while keeping some semblance of balance.


Paper/copies are an essential part of the learning process....therefore should be an essential part of the budget. I work for a school district here in Oregon and I can tell you that there are places to find the money for copier paper and toner to make a copy for each and every student so that they can learn. Sometimes I wish there was a RESET button so we could re-evaluate where we spend all the money.


I thought this post was going to be about worksheets. The word copies had me confused. I really should write a rant about worksheets at some point and get it out of my system.

I am a big believer in highlighting - it really helps me to focus on what is important, and it was something I was never able to do until college. It is such a shame when teachers are limited in the resources they have available to them.


Two things came to mind. One was that the school could ask local businesses for their white recycled paper and use the other side for copies. (One of my kids had a teacher that did this with paper from her husband's company.)

The other is to create a sister school program where the wealthier school PTO helps the less wealthy school with such needs. We did something sililar to this when I lived in the Seattle area.

Then again, we could all stop being so stupid and get our taxes raised to pay for our schools and other needs.


Jenn, like you (and a few other peeps) said, highlighting and making notes while reaidng is helpful to everyone, but *especially* to struggling readers, people who are learning English, people who have short-term memory disorders ... I'll stop now. Putting big sticky notes into shared books has its place, but those can fall off and they aren't free either.
Almost every person I work with brings in copy paper and/or pays for outside copies. I want to hear about how we can find funding for these things. (No pressure, Tink!)


Somehow, my principal manages to get us as many copies as we want/need. I'm not sure where he gets the money. While I appreciate it, he may end up losing his job for his creative use of funds!


Tremendously effective example--something no one thinks of, but it changes everything.

mom taxi julie

I work for a government agency and the amount of paper we go through is CRAZY!! We have 4 different agencies in our office and they take turns buying the paper. You'd think the children would be worth as much.

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