As I sit here pondering a very large order for replacement ink for every printer in my building, and realize how absolutely unrealistically expensive this is, I can’t help but think of things that suck money out a school budget.
Here’s my list:
- Ink cartridges – Why does every teacher think they need a desktop printer at the school’s expense? Yes, i periodically want printouts of material, and yes, I am probably not a god one to ask, especially considering in the library workroom there is a huge copier/network printer I have configured as a printer, and am but steps away from it.
- Text books – Textbooks are outrageously expensive too. School governing bodies mandate textbooks, and even go through quite a dog and pony show marketing themselves as the end all answer to educational woes during the selection process, but the publishing companies will say anything to get in the bed with schools. Library books are almost as bad.
- Paper — I suppose paper too, because far too many educators regardless of what best practice says still rely heavily on the printed word from the copying machine and the printers so readily available. I’m so glad I have not demanded my own printer–hey, I even gave the desktop oprinter off my desk when I had one who insisted work could not be done without one. Of course, let’s not forget how close in proximity I am to the big (practically industrial sized) copier/printer in the library. It was downright gluttonous of me to have a desktop printer.
So why do I worry and fret over this order? I think my displeasure may be linked to a suspicion that the need (dare I say strong demand) for the replacement ink has me quite perturbed on a whole different level? Am I doing anything to make those i work with less reliant on paper, textbooks, and ink? Based on this monumental order I’m turning in, I would have to say no. And that bugs the sin out me. More self induced guilt and stress.
Here’s the kicker. I have been provided the ability to equip some teachers with more 21st century tools, which really excites me. But I cannot even focus on it or even make a dent on something that may bring much pleasure to them (and me) for dwelling on my negative feelings over something as insignificant as an order for replacement ink.
So I need to know from my readers–do you beat your self up over similar aggravations? How can i wage war on what I consider flagrant wasting of money, while others feel that instruction cannot happen without these “classroom necessities?” My sheer unhappiness I bring on myself. It’s no one’s fault but my own. Could it be because I am that far removed from the classroom?