This might be a first world problem to us adults but to an 8yo that went to school with $5 to buy her Mum a Mothers Day Present and was one way or another convinced to give her money to a charity is a big thing to an 8yo. My DS is 7 and a half and I bet my $5 he would have given the money because he knew it was the right thing to do but would be absolutely gutted that he didn't have anything left for me (or his Dad on fathers day).
Kids understand parts of things, they don't always understand the consequences, they are kids. Yes girls in Nigeria are kidnapped but that's not something I'm teaching my 8yo just yet - they are worried about first world problems like this because they are kids.
I'm sorry OP I think it was really wrong of the TA to do that, she may have had the best intentions but do it with the older kids who fully understand the ramifications of what they are doing with their money, not the younger kids.
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09-05-2014 20:37 #31
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09-05-2014 20:42 #32
I think the TA was definitely in the wrong and I can see how the kids would have felt pressured into giving their money and being disappointed to not have bought a tangible present for their Mums. Hopefully she will learn her lesson and not do it again after all the complaints.
09-05-2014 20:47 #33
09-05-2014 21:00 #34
09-05-2014 21:01 #35
see the OP's daughter was 8. 8 is not old enough in these circumstances to be able to figure out what to do. It was manipulative of the TA. It's not like they had a class chat about donating to charity and what the kids would like to fundraise for. The TA knew the kids had money for the stall. Then it seems appealed to them.
It's not like a child deciding to spend that money in the tuckshop and ignore mother's day pressies.
I would also be very concerned about collecting money in class like that without notice given. ... How do you know the money went where it should?
And perhaps bombarding the teacher isn't the correct way to approach it. . but I can understand why the parents were upset. This coming from a teacher!
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09-05-2014 21:07 #36
I consider things like "not wanting to get up to get the remote to change the channel", "running out of ice" or it being "too cold in the airconditioning" to be first world problems.
This I consider a matter of "honesty and integrity.. And being ethical".
Totally different things... And pretty much the same lesson no matter where you live. Not to take advantage of others especially those that have positions of power or influence over others. At 8, a parents permission should of been sought first before funds that were intended for a particular purpose were used for another.
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Parents should be congratulating kids who donated their $5 to charity instead of feeding the "this is an outrage" hysteria.
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I would have been ropeable too OP. Infact I probably would have been one of those cranky parents at the classroom. As PP's have said, very manipulative on little people's minds to do that.
09-05-2014 21:16 #40
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