With a nod of the keypad to Target for the idea….
School is about to start for many students from Kindergarten through Graduate School. Long gone are the days for many of us, when the Tuesday after Labor Day marked the beginning of the academic year.
Back to school sales seem to start before the 4th of July. According to the National Retail Federation, “Total combined spending is expected to reach $83.6 billion, an increase of more than 10 percent over last year’s $75.8 billion.” Many states offer tax free weekends to encourage people to pick up backpacks, pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, clothes, computers or tablets and dorm necessities like refrigerators and microwaves. A local Salvation Army recently had a Red Kettle Drive to get school supplies for deserving kids who might not otherwise be able to have the necessary backpack filled with school supplies. Churches, civic groups, and various charities all have Back to School fundraisers or parties to fill backpacks with donated items. (Note: we are not even talking the Christmas sales season where The BlackFriday.com site already has listings for Christmas 2017.)
When did going back to school become more important as a shopping requirement than an opportunity to catch-up with old friends, meet new friends and teachers, check what was new or changed in school? (I realize that social media may make the whole catching up thing old school.)
Does anyone go to school for the sheer pleasure of learning something new? What is study hall used for now? Was it ever a place to study or try to cram in the homework you didn’t finish the night before? Instead of trying to chat with your friends, is it now a place to text or surf the Internet?
What do you like best or hate the most about going back to school? Join in the conversation and share your back to school memory or nightmare. Do you think it is more study hall or study haul?