So, I have a tiny bit of a conundrum. Em did the Fun Run today. At the end, she did 30 laps. The minimum was 25 and the cap was 35. They wore tee shirts with a little oval track on the back, divided into 35 spaces. Every time they did a lap, they lined up with a teacher and the teacher would mark the next number. Em came home and her shirt was marked up to 35. I asked her what happened and she said that her teacher marked them all up to 35 so they’d get more money.
Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this? Isn’t that giving the kids the wrong message? Shouldn’t I expect better from my kid’s teacher? But then I started thinking about it more. When we go to the movies, we rarely get food there, but do every once in a while. Occasionally we’ve been known to bring in food. That’s dishonest too since it’s not really allowed. So am I being hypocritical? I think I probably am. Am I wrong that this gives me pause? Are there levels to dishonesty? Should I say something? Chris would probably say I’m making something out of nothing.
*Update*: Chris actually agreed with me on this one. Em and I had another chat about it and I left it up to her whether we were going to say anything about it. She opted not to. However, it keeps bugging me. So, I just went to check her thing online and it’s been entered there as 30 laps and not 35. So…who knows what happened? It’s entered correctly, so I guess I should have no issue, but it does bug me a little bit. Anyway, as final total, here’s what Em’s class did:
- Pledged Per Lap: $47.65
- Flat donations: $857.00
- Total Pledged Per Lap: $76.22 (Each $30 donation equaled $1/lap in their estimation)
- Total Raised: $1668.35
- Total Laps Ran: 527
There are 21 kids in her class, but I don’t know if they were all there today.