Livid mum in stationery row after teacher says daughter ‘must learn to share’

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After buying supplies for her six-year-old daughter who was off to school for the first time, a mum says she never expected the items to be handed out to other pupils in the class. So, when her daughter was upset at having to give away some of her new notebooks, the mum contacted school to ask for them to be returned.

But the mum was disgusted with the response from the teacher who said her daughter needed to learn how to share, The Mirror reports.

Asking for advice on how to handle the situation, she explained: “My oldest is six and this is my first year sending a kid to school because of Covid.

“I got the list of supplies to buy and brushed over a note about not labelling them. It didn’t explain why, and I didn’t want her to lose the things we bought so I just…did it anyway and didn’t think much of it.

“I also sent my kid to school with a reasonable amount of school supplies, not everything we bought. I gave her a few pencils, not the whole box.”

She says she received an email after her daughter’s first day asking her not to label school supplies because the children share them. The email also asked her to send the entire amount of supplies so the teacher could ration them out as needed.

The mum continued: “My daughter was upset that night because we spent a lot of time buying colour coordinated notebooks/folders for her as I do (I’m in college), and she was excited to be like her mum in class.

“I emailed the teacher back and said I don’t mind buying extra supplies if a child doesn’t have any, but I want the stuff I bought for my daughter to be returned to her. We picked it out together and she was excited to use them.”

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The teacher responded saying it was important for children to learn about sharing through their school supplies. She went on to say she thought it was particularly important for her daughter because “it looks like she has issues sharing”.

The mum added: “She is a little possessive of her stuff, sure, but she’s six and it is her first year of school and I am just not seeing the point of this?”

People were split over the school’s demands, one wrote: “You set up your child to think the rules do not apply to her if they do not come with further explanation.

“This way of sharing supplies was standard practice in the schools all four of our children went to and it is so all students have access to supplies.” 

Another wrote: “My advice is to just let this go. Send the supplies they are asking for. It is really not a big deal.”

But one person commented: “In these times of Covid I wouldn’t want my child to be sharing items.”

Another fumed: “I’ve never heard of this so I assume this is an American practice of splitting items up like this (which honestly, is rude as hell) considering they didn’t even explain it and have the audacity to ask you for the ‘rest of the supplies’, I’d say double down.”

Additional reporting by Rosaleen Fenton

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