Being a child isn’t always easy, especially when you’re at school. You’re slowly but surely learning how to socialize while trying to discover your place in the world. As children are still growing, the last thing they want is to needlessly stand out from the crowd.
So parents were naturally outraged when an English principle decided to create a rich/poor divide in her schoolyard.
It’s no secret that public schools are being subjected to greater and greater cutbacks by authorities around the world – and this includes the UK.
Many teachers are being forced to go into their own pockets to pay for supplies and because less staff are hired, they must deal with larger class sizes.
In an attempt to combat this problem in the playground, the parent-teacher council at Wednesbury Oak Academy in Tipton, England, decided that the students’ parents could raise the money amongst themselves to buy toys like skipping ropes and footballs.
This led to an $8 charge being asked of all parents to pay for the toys.
However, only 50 of the school’s 450 pupil’s parents paid for the toys.
Using the toys was described as being part of a “lunchtime activity club” by Principle Maria Bull and only the children whose parents had paid for them were allowed to use them. However, they were allowed to invite a friend who hadn’t paid a “couple of times a week”.