My DD just started middle school. The good news is that most of her books and resources are all online - yay! But wait! Every one of her teachers, 6 total, require students to have a 1" 3-ring binder, a wire bound notebook, plus assorted pens, markers, glue stick, tape, etc..... My girl is 54" and 68 lbs and her backpack almost tips her over. WHY WHY WHY must teachers demand that the kids carry so much freaking stuff??