|Originally posted by Rhonwyn
Rhonwyn asks: What kind of school do your children attend? I have been asking about parents getting credit for volunteer hours with little luck. We are at a Waldorf school and they want all volunteering to be freely given. It is a nice sentiment but in many classes it ends up being the same families over and over again who volunteer and people get burnt out. I would like to see them get a credit toward tuition or have it equate to fundraising dollars or something. What do you think about the billing for not having 8 hours?
It's a Waldorf inspired school that started out as a homeschooing co-op, but is now an actual school.
I agree with you about the nice sentiment, but it doesn't work. The burning out of the same few people is a reality.
And I'm sorry, I really didn't put it well as to the actual mechanics.
Tuition is a set $X a month. If you work your hours the month before, your tuition bill for the following month will be that much less, up to that $80 figure. If you don't, you just pay the regular amount.
The reality is that the same few parents are still always the ones doing the jobs, but at least they get something back for it, some reason to make the effort that is tangible.
Would it be better if we all did it motivated by love/generosity/whatever? Yes, of course it would. But if the work doesn't get done the school grinds to a halt and that wouldn't work, either.
(EVERYTHING but actual teaching is done by the families involved. Cleaning, organizing, day to day scut work, paperwork, everything)