I recently received a parent newsletter containing the suggested school supply lists for the coming school year. These lists looks strangely similar, dare I say, almost identical (sans graphing calculator) to the ones I remember as a kid - nearly four decades ago. But how can this be? With all of the disruption and pedagogical shifting going on, shouldn't the requisite school supplies be different that they were even five years ago?
I have fond memories of the 8-count jumbo Crayola crayons. Do you remember their waxy smell? But of course, 8 wasn't enough. After a few steps up the color ladder, I had the 64-count box with the onboard crayon sharpener. How about Elmer's paste? That also had an interesting odor. I enjoyed getting ten packs of new Ticonderoga #2 pencils draped in the familiar yellow with pink (chewy) erasers. My brother and I were careful to pick out folder / binder designs that were fun, but didn't make us look silly or uncool. Sports themes, Star Wars, and Pink Panther were safe, while Snoopy, Ninja Turtles, and The Smurphs left you vulnerable to attacks on your maturity level.
Yes, I will refocus...shouldn't the school supply list for 2013-2014 look at least a little different than it did in 1973-1974? Here's a comparison of school supply lists - old school (2013-2014) and um, new school (also 2013-2014).
How does your "new school" supply list differ from mine?
After several comments about expense for our F&RL students, what if the school district provided the iPads? Is it reasonable to expect students to take responsibility for the remaining items?
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