Don't you hate it when your kid has to bring heavy stuff to school? I do for the primary reason that my daughter has scoliosis. Needless to say, it is of utmost importance for a school to have its own facilities which the students can and will use during their activity. However, because my daughter goes to a public school (Pasig City Science High School), it doesn't have as much facilities as private schools do. (How on earth did they make it to the no. 1 spot in the 2008-2009 NAT for Pasig and San Juan?).
Yup, you got it. She is a scholar and goes to a science high school but they are not provided with the equipment they need. Like last night she blurted out that she had to bring a yogurt starter, a glass pot and a rubber cooking spoon, and a pitcher just to make yogurt. At other times she brings her speakers and laptop to do a presentation because there aren't any at school and there is only 1 other person in her class who has a notebook. Not to mention the numerous times she had to bring other things, not too cheap mind you, just to complete her school requirements.
But then, who am I to complain? My daughter attends school for free yet gets the best education available, she has a teeny weeny stipend, and all other things provided. My point is this. I keep hearing parents complain about how expensive it is to do a project or contribute for this and that in school. Yes, our kids go to a public school where 90% of the children are from families who are at the poverty line. Yes, they are there because they had strived hard. And yes, we should think that they should be provided with everything that they need, that we should not lift a finger to help them... NOT!
Of course not. At least not to me, that is. I mean I can't lie around and watch my daughter skip the learning that she can get because the school cannot provide for the equipment that they need while one such tool sits around in a corner of my house. Would you? No way jose! If we must let our children learn, we let them maximize whatever they should get while they're at it. If they miss that chance now, the next opportunity for them to encounter such would be in college where the teachers no longer closely supervise the students. Education is a partnership of the school and the home. Let's give them that edge because they worked so hard to get to where they are now. Let's give them the support that they need as much as we can afford. I'm pretty sure they'd thank us for doing so.