Janice D’Arcy blogged today about a new Alabama ethics ruling that specifically prohibits teachers from receiving many kinds of gifts. It’s an important question for families this time of year: Do you give gifts to your child’s teacher? If so, what do you give?
What are readers saying?
Here’s a look at some of the most recommended comments about the decision. Do you agree with these readers?
I don't see any potential for abuse except in rare cases. We shouldn't be making law for the exceptional case.
Teachers don't want your gifts, anyway. Just pay them well to begin with, and parents, don't tell your kids that the teacher is wrong. She's usually not.
I think that gifts are typically the small bonuses teachers get for doing an awesome, sometimes, thankless job. I can understand moments of "awkward", but I believe teachers have a lot more integrity than to be swayed by small gifts. Set a reasonable upper limit on dollar value if you don't believe the same, beyond that I want the freedom to give them a gift card if I want (imagine each teacher getting 35 candle sets,chocolate boxes, etc because some idiot decided that's the only acceptable gift).