Skip to comments.Buffalo teacher sends note to parents regarding smelly kids, dirty clothes
Posted on 11/26/2013 5:28:22 PM PST by FLAMING DEATH
Sharon D. Perry Dunnigan of the BUILD Academy was disciplined for her note saying, 'Several children aged 3-4 are coming to school (sometimes daily) with soiled, stained, or dirty clothes,' and 'Some give off unpleasant smells and some appear unclean and unkempt,' before urging their parents to 'take care of this matter.'
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Both say that even though they were poor, they never went "dirty". In fact, they had a saying back then for people who equated poverty with filth..."soap is cheap".
does the teacher at BUILD also get in trouble for correcting spelling and grammar?
But the president’s name is B.O.. You expect any better?
Good for her.
“Her clothes are old, but never are they dirty” - Stevie Wonder’s, “Living Just Enough”
My wife grew up poor in Mexico and she said her mom always taught her “cleanliness is the dignity of the poor”
Yes, but, soap is not cheap any more either.
Yep, grew up in extreme poverty ... always went to school with clean bodies and clean clothes. Always had something for breakfast and a sack lunch to get us through the day. My parents often went without supper so that their kids had something to eat for supper.
Times have changed.
>> cleanliness is the dignity of the poor
Thanks for sharing. I like that.
Applies inside the person as well as outside, yes?
When somebody stinks somebody has the responsibility to say so. If it is not the parents, then it will be the teachers. Otherwise, kids will tell them and they are never kind.
>> My parents often went without supper so that their kids had something to eat for supper.
Blessings on them, if they’re still with us. And if not, I trust in GOD that their gain in the next Kingdom will more than make up for their difficulties in this one.
I agree. She’s telling the parents about responsibility and it’s NOT up to the gov school.
Although we lived in a very modest home (about 800 sq. ft), we were on the edge of a nicer development in progress. When we first moved in around 1954, there were two shanty shacks across the street from us where the Sandy families lived. You couldn't ask for nicer, straight-up neighbors,living on the edge financially, wearing patched-up clothes, but cleaner than most of the 'good kids'that rode the bus.
I used to ride public transport in UK and Europe. NEVER could understand why people smelled. Soap and water are cheap!!!!!
‘Cleanliness is the dignity of the poor”
Quote of the year. I shall never forget that.
A great lesson for my Sunday School students.
Aged 3 and 4 children cannot clean themselves...
This teacher did the absolute right thing to shame these so-called parents to do BASIC parenting skills like cleaning their children...and putting clean clothes on them...
I don't know if you're making excuses but the poorest people on the planet, if they have any pride, do their best to stay clean even if they have to make lye soap out of ashes. Ashes are free.
Poverty and filth do not necessarily go together. But poverty and sloth often do.
My grandfather was going to Chicago public grade school back in the 1890s. He told me he could see lice crawling around in the hair of the girl who sat in front of him. He said it was typical of a particular European immigrant race.
I agree. Besides, dollar store soap is still cheap.
I see people who do “extreme couponing” actually get items such as soap and shampoo for pennies or for free.
Worst case scenario, one can ask for help. There’s no shortage of agencies/organizations/good Samaritans who are willing to give people what they need.
I’m sure my grandparents didn’t think soap was cheap, either. Let’s face it...when your daily meal consists of beans and potatoes, nothing is cheap.
But, there are things you can do to save money if you have your priorities straight. For example, my grandmother would save potato peelings and fry them to put on a sandwich for my grandfather’s lunch.
Takes initiative, though. Doing nothing is easier. So is making excuses. And so is getting mad at anyone who points out how you shouldn’t wallow in victim-hood.
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