Caring for and educating children is one of the most important things anyone can do. As moms, we know that these roles are often overlooked and under-appreciated by society, but another group shares our frustration: teachers. Educators are not only overlooked and under-appreciated, but also overworked and underpaid. Every year, they're left to educate our kids with minimal resources. And how much teachers spend on back-to-school each year highlights just how tragically we, as a nation, are failing our educators.
Romper spoke with a number of teachers across the country to find out how much their districts gave them for supply purchases, as well as how much they spend out of pocket in order to properly care for and educate their students. To hear that some schools give as little as absolutely nothing is disgraceful. To hear just how much teachers are willing to spend just so kids can have access to more school books or simple things like photocopies is equally enraging. But we need to hear these stories, and we need to be and stay enraged, or nothing will ever, ever change.
It's safe to say that most if not all public teachers don’t make nearly enough money. As a culture that claims to care about children and their education, we need to do better by the people we entrust with our children’s schooling. To start, we should be supporting educators when they ask for or demand raises and more funds for supplies. So with that in mind, here is just how much your child's teachers are spending for simply supplies: