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Instead of expensive gifts just say thank you

19 July 2013 18,529 views No Comment

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Independent July 2013

Instead of expensive gifts for teachers, how about parents thank them? It means more, and it’s free
Why have we got ourselves into the silly position of thinking that every teacher has to be bought a present at the end of every school year?
An apple for the teacher might once have been a well meant gesture but no parent should feel obliged to give there children’s teacher an expensice gift
Term ends in most schools this week and teachers, according to a Netmums survey, seem to be staggering home with ever larger armfuls of presents from ‘grateful’ (maybe) parents. Parents are spending an average of £10 on each gift and 50 per cent more than six months ago are spending over £20.
It’s absurd, of course. Teachers are merely doing the job they’ve been paid to do – and pretty well paid by the standards of many others. Most of us don’t give a bus driver a present for driving us to work, the GP a gift for issuing a prescription, or take flowers to the public library for the librarian. So why have we got ourselves into the silly position of thinking that every teacher has to be bought a present at the end of every school year?
The Netmums survey reports that one in ten of mothers who responded to the poll say that finances are so tight they have had to cut back on food and other basics in order to pay for teachers’ end of term presents.
If a parent or pupil was particularly pleased with the way things had gone – was simply to be thanked. A few words in person, a letter or card (or these days an email) really made my day and reminded me what a great job teaching can be. It happened sometimes and always seemed more sincere. And it cost nothing.

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