Friday, August 26, 2011


SCHOOL SUPPLIES - BANKRUPTING POOR PARENTS

Every year I buy the school supplies for a child. She is now at Stell - 7th grade. BISD needs to deal with reality and accept that the parents of BISD children cannot afford $60.00 worth of supplies for one student. There is no reason for the teachers at Stell not being able to find a way to hold down the costs of school supplies.

For a dollar each students can buy spiral notebooks. You add pens, pencils, extra paper and a UBS drive and you are at $20.00.

It is sad that BISD and at least the teachers at Stell fail to understand that when you task the children with a task they cannot succeed at, they are teaching them failure. I buy the supplies for this child because I know the parents do not have the money. Without me she would show up with none of what the teachers were asking for. She would find herself like many of the students in the classroom feeling bad because her parents are poor and cannot buy what the teachers want.

UTB and BISD need to start teaching these teachers that when you set a child up for failure you impact them mentally. Children who feel bad because they are poor and it is made obvious to the kids who are not poor, are more likely to fail - or simply decide they hate school.

It is sad that our teachers appear to have no training in the psychology of children. Since the teachers cannot figure this out on their own, and the principal seems oblivious to the problem it is time BISD establish a policy which forces the teachers to find ways to keep the cost of supplies to $20.00 or under.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is commendable that you help this student, but as you posted the problem is with the amount of supplies being asked for by the teachers. Maybe this school board should look at this and set procedures regarding what the schools ask for instead of the vindictive path they are followiing. They always qualify their actions with "we're all about children".

Anonymous said...

quit whinning, what happened to being self sufficient , poor this poor that , strive for better opportunities ,work harder whats next school issued cookies and milk before bedtime and then a wake up call from the teacher ....
geesh pull up your pants and quit waiting for freebies

BobbyWC said...

Jusat to be clear - I am not asking that BISD pay for anything - I just want the teachers to be more aware of the financial limitations on the students

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I have never understood why some children need to take kleenex and those kinds of items to school.
Just ak the parents for donations and the ones that can will and the ones that can't won't.
Children don't need luxuries to learn.
Books,paper,pencil, pen are what is needed and a knowledgeable teacher.
All other extras should not be mandatory.

Anonymous said...

My kid had to give the supplies I bought him to his teachers at hanna for a grade...what the hell!!! come on alarcon....get a hold of your staff!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'll propose a trade-off: The school will pay for all the supplies if the student will pay for all his meals over the course of the year. How's that?

Anonymous said...

The children are our future. So, let's get the school board involved and let's involve the business community to invest in our children. School supplies should not be an issue in the first place. You are right. There is a disconnect between teachers and poor families. We are in a property poor school district afterall.

Leave the politics aside. Further, politics is what is leaving these children behind in the first place. We should instead focus on the needs of the students now and not tomorrow or next year. If not, the future of this country will suffer.

Anonymous said...

Come on people have some compassion for these students. My Goodness some of you sound just like Cata Presas-Garcia!

Anonymous said...

Cata is a moron like no other. If she really knew how to run a district she would be making sure Kleenex and other such things are provided by the district. But that would be asking too much of the person who yawns at board meetings when others are speaking. Except for her other moronic friend Elia Cornejo. Birds of a feather....

Anonymous said...

@ Bobby WC:
It is sad that our teachers appear to have no training in the psychology of children.

You have jumped the Shark BWC, this post is nothing more than a rant, with little factual information other than your personal experiance.

At one point you are nagging about parents not being able to afford $20.00 for supplies and then you finish the post with teachers not being trained in psychology. Back off of the meds and proof your posts.

BobbyWC said...

you're an idiot who cannot read - I never said that they cannot afford $20 I said they cannot afford $60 - further the point of the post was the failure of teachers to understand the impact it has on children who cannot afford the $60 worth of supplies - that is psychology

And dude - I know the person who use to teach at BISD the future teachers - he taught the psychology side - in part he left because he could not stand the lack of interest our future teachers had in the subject.

I have worked with teachers on multiple campuses all over Brownsville in all grades - they basically have no interest in the subject or any meaningful training

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

I dont know about elementary teachers and what they ask for, but I do know that secondary teachers dont ask for much, but you have to realize that each student requires 7 notebooks and sometimes certain students dont even bring a pencil to class. Is it because their parents dont have the money to buy them the pencil or because they dont want to carry the pencil? Parents dont have the money to buy school supplies but they do have the money to buy secondary students an Ipod, I phone? That is a MAJOR problem in all middle schools and high schools.

Anonymous said...

I can remember washing my aunt's car and cutting her grass, running errands around the neighborhood, washing windows for elderly neighbors, selling piece/joints of sugar cane at school to buy 20 pages of Nifty Loose Leaf Paper and pencils at the school cafeteria. We save every single piece of crayon for next year and we used the same 3 ring notebook for every class. We made our own dividers with pieces of cardboard for tabs. We removed all the other papers when we had to turn the notebook in and boy, were we in trouble if two teachers decided to pick up the notebook at the same time. But we did it and we never begged or asked for anything from anyone. Teachers allowed us to write on the back of the paper so as not to waste paper. But now, the students have to keep up with whatever the peer has - ipod of whatever pod and yes, mine you, a cell phone! They can't afford to buy the necessities for school but they walk around with the cell phone glued to the ear - never mind what the teacher is teaching. I could go on and on but Bobby would cut me off, so you continue your side of the story.

BobbyWC said...

Why would I cut you off, when we had money from racking leaves or shoveling snow we had to buy our own things - I agree far too many parents care more about cell phones than they care about paper and pens

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

Art Rendon is back on the Sept. 6th board agenda. Maybe they have the votes now.