There's a question in P&CE right now about a teacher guilt tripping his 8 year old students over money he spent out of pocket (voluntarily) on supplies for the class. While it's important to teach kids about conserving and about the value of money, at what age is it appropriate to teach kids to worry about money or to stress the lack of money in a situation? Should children be aware of money shortages and the potential negatives that can lead to, whether it's a classroom supply shortage or parents struggling to pay bills?
EDIT TO ADD:
Aside from the fact that this question has nothing to do with the whiny teacher, it is NOT a case of anyone "disrepecting classroom materials". It's a case of a teacher spending his own money on supplies and then constantly reminding his students he spent his own money. Please stop trying to make the question into something it's not. All I'm asking is if it's appropriate to constantly tell children how tight money is and how desperate things are.Answer Question
Answer by kiansmom0423 at 11:09 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
If the students were disrespecting classroom materials, causing damage to them, I understand why the teacher is doing it. THINGS cost money to buy and MONEY to replace.
Answer by KairisMama at 11:21 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by kitchenwitch78 at 11:22 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by gemgem at 11:23 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by GoodyBrook at 11:35 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 11:41 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by Fistandantalus at 11:59 AM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by skittles1108 at 12:48 PM on Mar. 22, 2011
Answer by salexander at 1:47 PM on Mar. 22, 2011
OKAY THEN- If the teacher is just bitching about having to buy things, then NO he shouldn't do so in front of the students. Bitch to administration about the LOUSY classroom budget he was probably given. :)
I make my DD understand that her toys cost money, and many were gifts, and she needs to respect them. I don't discuss bills and our monthly budget though. It ISN'T her concern.
Answer by KairisMama at 1:58 PM on Mar. 22, 2011