I just received a text from my seventh grader this morning informing me that he has to pay two dollars for damage to his math book. I’ve seen his book and it has sustained nothing but normal wear and tear for the year. We dutifully recovered each of his books multiple times throughout the year to avoid any damage. There are no missing pages, writing in the margins, a broken spine, or a cover missing. A bent corner here and there and that’s about it. But I am refusing to pay for it.
What’s the big deal about paying two dollars? First, my tax payer’s money bought that book, therefore it stands to reason that my children should have use of it and every book in the school that my taxes support. Second, the school already charged me a thirty-five dollar rental fee at the beginning of the school year to use a book my taxes paid for. Shouldn’t this “rental fee” of a book I technically own go toward any wear and tear? Third, now they want me to pay for “damages” on top of it all. I’m calling this what it is, a bunch of b.s.
When my daughter was in the seventh grade, they tried to charge her thirty-five dollars for damage to a book that was in terrible condition when she got it, and she took very good care of that book. I refused to pay then too. I was outraged, actually, much like I am now. My daughter was a bit more outgoing and had no problem telling her teacher that I refused to pay for a book I already own and had to rent. Her teacher backed down right away. My son is very much on the shy side. I suspect I will be paying his school a visit this afternoon. Maybe I’ll refer them to my blog. Ha-ha!