Just been reading a thread on MN about a constant barrage of demands from schools for things like:
Wear yellow and donate £2
Non uniform day donate £2
And so on. Parents who have several children complain they are constantly handing out money they cant afford.
What are your experiences with your children and grandchildren for such things? With the COL crisis some of the schools really do seem to be taking the mick.
When I was at school (1950s) there was very little of that. Maybe once a year we were given a horrid little envelope in which we had to collect a donation. The teachers used to check up and nag at you for not bringing it in. I used to put a foreign coin in mine as my parents were no way going to give me hand outs for charities.
The same with school trips. I was supposed to take bus fare but usually managed to sneak on the bus without paying because I had none.
The other thing I can remember was the yearly jumble sale when I used to ask my grandmother for something old. She would give me an old bit of blue and white china with a crack in it or some tatty old lace.
Very occasionally there were other demands. If it involved money my parents said NO and I had to just tough it out in school.
Now it seems that teachers are not allowed to discriminate against children who do not bring in a "donation" to show them up in front of their classmates.
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