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cant afford it

Why is it that the kids who can’t afford school supplies, clothes, or anything else tend to do everything possible to make sure they stay under the radar? They would rather suffer in silence than announce that they are poor. It’s those kids who are privileged and entitled that take advantage and try to masquerade as the disadvantaged to gain sympathy, free handouts, and exceptions. A millionaire can say he doesn’t have enough money…he has more bills to pay – the Rolls Royce, the McMansion, the hush money, etc. If the kids who try to flout the rules actually saw poverty…like in India, Bolivia, Afghanistan, etc., I bet they would feel very privileged to have a roof over their heads, flooring, water they can drink, washing machines, Starbucks…


About celinatinsley

Ms. Tinsley is a high school English teacher, who has been in the classroom for 15 years. Give or take one or two. She lost count. She also hasn't been in the same classroom for that long. She leaves occasionally to go home and sleep so she can dream about a job where she earns respect. She loves her students but not in a creepy way. And when I say "love," I mean "likes enough to go to work most days." Although she did call in sick today. And it felt good. And she might do it again tomorrow. But otherwise, most days are pretty good. Rather, not that bad. Well, mostly worth living. She has published a book entitled, "Teachers Talk Smack," available through She has garnered much critical praise with this original work full of charming illustrations and humorous anecdotes about the joys of teaching. Well, she has garnered one review from her best friend at work on And the book really is the opposite of the joys of teaching. She is currently working on her second book about teaching. By "working," I mean roughly brainstorming in her head.

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