Schools should provide teaching tools



December 16, 2019 - 9:58 AM

SchooI budgets were tight in the Oklahoma farming community where I grew up, but teachers’ dedication was boundless. Take, for instance, my high school biology teacher who seemed to live for his students and active learning. To experience dissection, he instructed each of us to bring a frog to class. When 17, farm-pond frogs, mostly alive and jumping, invaded our school, it didn’t take long to realize the slip-up. 

It was the 1960s when teachers were expected to provide their own instructional supplies for the classroom. Not much has changed since except that teachers are ordering scientific dissecting kits online, and the public is beginning to question the “buy-your-own” supplies mandate.  

“What business office would expect the workers to provide their own copy paper and printer cartridges; yet, we’re expected to pay for the consumable materials we use,” one teacher recently explained to me. 

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