A friend of mine has been using Facebook to solicit contributions for his son’s school fundraiser. He’s not alone – I’ve seen more and more of this lately, and perhaps you have, too. Last night he exploded – apparently despite all his pleas, he got no response. As in, zero. He went off on his FB friends in ways that are certain to offend a lot of them.
A few moments ago I posted this to the thread.
I understand your frustration, and if I had kids I’d probably stay mad. But I think you’re upset at the wrong people. For starters, I’m sure a lot of your friends are beating themselves to death trying to finance educational opportunities for their own children, and others, well, you never know what kinds of money issues somebody is facing. We know that cash is tight all around unless you’re one of the 1%.
Instead of being upset at us, ask yourself why you should have to bust ass on these kinds of fundraisers just to provide your kid with the education needed to generate some opportunity in life. You pay taxes, right? Do you know how many of your tax dollars go to fund the military? You realize that the US military budget is larger than that of the rest of the world combined? The Pentagon doesn’t have to hold a fundraiser to buy an Osprey, do they?
There are multi-billionaires who pay precious little in taxes because they have accountants and a rigged tax system working in their favor. There are corporations that earn billions in profit who not only pay no taxes, they have tax breaks in place so that the money that might be going to your kid’s school go to subsidies for them.
I could go on all day here. I’m sorry that you and other parents have to deal with this. I’m sorry that teachers have to spend significant amounts of money out of their own pockets to pay for essential classroom supplies. I’m especially sorry for the kids, who have to find a way to get ahead in a society that treats education as an afterthought instead of as a moral and economic imperative, because when they hit the job market they’re going to be competing against people from nations that invest heavily in education. Parents in China and Germany and Finland and Japan and Korea – they’re not having to do fundraisers and promote them on social networks.
So I feel your frustration. I really do. But you’re mad at the wrong people.