The paperless teacher

Mimi’s class is getting new “seat sacks emblazoned with the school’s name and mascot.” But that blew the budget, so she’s not getting any paper.

. . . a seat sack is a contraption made of canvas that slips over the back of a student’s chair like a slipcover. Think Pottery Barn for Teachers in primary colors. On the back of the chair, it has one large pocket big enough for folders, workbooks, notebooks, etc. and may also have smaller pockets good for pencils, markers, etc. They are pure genius. However, after a year of use, they become caked with pencil marks, and collect all sorts of small-child-related-crud. This is the non-genius part. And when they are washed, they smell like a wet dog who has been wet for two solid weeks and is starting to grow mold…and I know, ‘cuz I tried.)

As much as Mimi loves seat sacks, she wish the embroidery money had been devoted to paper.

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  1. Homeschooling Granny says:

    Hey, not a problem! Mimi can just put in her proposal for paper over at Donor’s Choice. I’m sure someone who doesn’t know what to do with their money after paying school taxes will be happy to buy her paper.

    Sarcasm aside, we need to return to the principle of subsidarity: those closest to an issue should make the decision. Teachers should be able to decide how money for their classroom is spent.

    As an outsider, I don’t understand why the supposedly powerful teachers union doesn’t do a better job of looking out for teachers’ interests.

  2. I’m so blessed in my district – we have something called Classroom Central, run by volunteers. Once a month, high-poverty school teachers can make a run to their storefront, and pick up stuff they need. I walked out last week with about $90 worth of paper, rulers, backpacks, pens, pencils, markers, tape, etc. It’s nice not to go broke this year at the start, buying necessary supplies.

  3. I guess I’m kind of stuck on the “seat sacks.” They are cloth, right? Kids heads (and hair) are going to be close to/against them, right?

    Wouldn’t that be a really effective way of spreading head lice? Head lice seem to be very common in grade schools (REGARDLESS of socioeconomic background, I hasten to add).

    It seems a bit foolish to me to be spending money on something that not only takes money away from essential supplies, but could be a germ-trap/louse-trap.