The days of the coffee mug, bath salts and home-baked cookies are over. In affluent areas, some parents are turning holiday gifts for teachers into a competition, reports the LA Times.
Many schools â€” public and private â€” are adopting policies that discourage gifts or impose limitations so that particular teachers aren’t favored with armfuls of goodies while others head out for holiday vacation empty-handed.
The policies also lift the financial burden on students of little means who might feel compelled to compete with their better-off peers, said many school officials.
Recent news stories about a public school in Irvine where faculty allegedly demanded expensive jewels, perfumes and clothing in exchange for accepting a special needs student also have reinforced some educators’ desire to reconsider what is an appropriate expression of appreciation.
Some schools ask parents to donate cash to a teachers’ fund: All teachers get a share, whether they’re beloved or not. Education Gadfly thinks this impersonal dole lacks the festive spirit.