It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Gifting for Your Child’s Teachers or Not
In Alabama, the legislature passed a new ethics law which basically addresses the idea of giving a teacher a gift. So, as we approach the gifting season, I can only help but wonder how many teachers will hang handmade ornaments or personalized ornaments on their tree at home that were given to them by students but won’t have this luxury going forward. You see, the new legislation has determined that it is unethical for a teacher to accept a gift from a student. Unethical to accept a gift? We aren’t talking about Mercedes or Rolex watches. We are discussing the idea of giving a teacher a wooden apple pencil holder, a bag of candy or, indeed, that homemade tree ornament.
If you are wondering how serious the Alabama legislatures are about this particular law they have put in place, it is now a Class B Felony for them to accept any item that has or may at some point have monetary value. The sad part of this is that teachers have had their pay cut and while they complained, many were just content to teach school and educate the little ones. We raise their insurance and strip any hope of job security and now, we take from them, the one thing that for many teachers are simply memories of all the good years they had in the classroom.
Generally speaking, food is acceptable but let’s be honest, we can all cook our own food and chances are that food won’t have much value as a memory in 10 years. It may not have even a remote memory in a year, never mind something that allows that teachers to say, “Do you remember the time…..”Continued on the next page