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originally posted by: beezzer
What are we teaching the kids?
If you can't afford it, you get to participate regardless?
That saving, thinking ahead, planning, is not important, because if you just show up you get to do what everyone who planned, saved, got to do?
Kids who study for an exam do better than those kids who do not.
So should the kids who don't study get the same grades as those who did?
I can't count the times where a medicaid patient said they didn't have $3 for a copay (yes, medicaid copay is $3) but reeked of cigarette smoke or I saw them later on buying a carton of smokes. Very often such issues are a matter of poor priorities on the side of the parents.
originally posted by: dr1234
a reply to: Realtruth
Preparing to be flamed into oblivion here, but big freaking deal. This soft ass society we're living in shocks me, this is not newsworthy. Sit in an air conditioned gym and watch a movie instead of class? Poor kids. First world problems, smdh.
The profit is earmarked for the pre-K, kindergarten and fifth-grade moving-up parties, he said.
originally posted by: Realtruth
Just when you thought the USA school system couldn't sink any lower.
Unacceptable on every level. Because a few kids didn't have $10 to pay for a school carnival the principal gathered them up, and put them in an auditorium while the other kids laughed, played and had fun.
It's a heart-breaking story.
The reason I'm so pissed is I remember being one of those kids years ago, and segregated from an event because we didn't have the money.
PS 120 in Flushing held a carnival for its students Thursday, but kids whose parents did not pay $10 were forced to sit in the auditorium while their classmates had a blast. Close to 900 kids went to the Queens schoolyard affair, with pre-K to fifth-grade classes taking turns, each spending 45 minutes outside.
The kids enjoyed inflatable slides, a bouncing room and a twirly teacup ride. They devoured popcorn and flavored ices. DJs blasted party tunes.
But more than 100 disappointed kids were herded into the darkened auditorium to just sit or watch an old Disney movie while aides supervised — the music, shouts and laughter outside still audible.
Unreal The principal is a complete Douche-bag. This carnival actually made profit. smh like they couldn't let the kids in for free. wtf!
Frank Chow, president of the parents association that sponsored the carnival, said Monroe insisted that kids whose parents didn’t pay could not partake. “She was saying it’s not fair to the parents who paid,” Chow said. “You can’t argue much, I guess.
The school is under her.” The carnival cost about $6,200, including fees to a carnival company, Send In the Clowns, and reaped a $2,000 to $3,000 profit, he added. “I wish we just charged parents the cost, not to make extra,” Chow said.
I think Frank Chow needs to grow a pair. What say you?
Some kids didn't understand what was going on, and why they were excluded.
The must-pay rule excluded some of the poorest kids at the elementary, where most parents are Chinese immigrant families crammed into apartments and “struggling to keep their heads above water,” staffers said. “It’s breaking my heart that there are kids inside,” one teacher said.
The teacher hugged a 7-year-old girl who was “crying hysterically.” “She was the only one from her class who couldn’t go, so she was very upset,” the teacher said. The girl told others, “My mom doesn’t care about me.” But the teacher said parents possibly did not see or understand the flier that went home or didn’t have $10 to spare.
“Are we being punished?” one child asked an aide in the auditorium as kids sat there with no movie playing, a staffer said. Principal Joan Monroe tacked up a list of the number of students per class: “How many attending, Paid,” and “How many not attending, Not paid.”
I'm sure plenty of people would have tossed in some money so these kids could have attended, if the administrators reached out. We all know how much these carnivals actually cost. (Rolls eyes)
And they had this on school time too.
Meet the Ass-hat that organized this sadistic event. Principal Joan Monroe
Send me a damn bill, I'll pay for as many as I can afford. wtf
originally posted by: [post=19388053]buddah6 worked for a school system for a time and I think there may be more to the story than in this OP. I have seen children that did not pay for school fees and not all were poor. I have seen kids cry poverty and show up to school with $300 Air-Jordans gym shoes and $500 leather team jackets. I was surprised once to see my neighbor's child getting free lunches and he's not poor!
originally posted by: buddah6
I worked for a school system for a time and I think there may be more to the story than in this OP. I have seen children that did not pay for school fees and not all were poor. I have seen kids cry poverty and show up to school with $300 Air-Jordans gym shoes and $500 leather team jackets. I was surprised once to see my neighbor's child getting free lunches and he's not poor!