South Dakota teachers pitted against each other in depraved contest to pay for classroom supplies $1 at a time
This isn’t a story from the Philadelphia area. Still, seeing as I am the resident arbiter of truth here at The Liberty Line, I feel compelled to write about the latest injustice against teachers. A South Dakota hockey arena recently hosted a “Dash for Cash” event, in which local teachers competed for a pile of $1 bills to use for classroom supplies.
I know. It sounds pretty grim, right? Well, fortunately for you, we have obtained a video of the event.
Take a look:
I mean, come on. The community has its own kids’ teachers playing a somehow lower-tech, less rewarding version of Hungry Hungry Hippo. Look, I love news items that perfectly illustrate the problems in America as much as the next guy, but even this is a little too on the nose for me.
Teachers scrounging for dollars as entertainment? Christ.
It’s insulting enough what teachers in American public schools have to deal with. Of course, teachers don’t get paid enough to begin with, but many school districts expect them to provide classroom supplies and decorations at their own expense.
I’m sure the teachers were thrilled to participate. They probably know each other, and it was a little bit of fun competition between friends. Plus, they most likely wanted to do anything they could to make their classroom the best learning environment possible. It’s all about the kids, you know?
At the same time, there’s something about underpaying someone, forcing them to spend a portion of their wages to be able to do their job, and then using that desperation to create entertainment at a sporting event that doesn’t feel great.
Even if everybody involved in the competition had a great time, it’s still a pretty damning commentary on the state of the American education system. These teachers were in the middle of a hockey going buck wild for $1 bills, which, even in the most affordable parts of the country, does not have the same value it once did.
I’m not here to criticize the teachers, the people at the game, or even the town or school district this is happening in. It’s a much bigger issue. If this is what has to be done to educate the kids, by all means, do it.
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