In talking to a friend recently, I discovered that her teenager, who has just started college, and is still small, as boys often are at that tender age of 13, has a backpack full of textbooks to carry every day, along with a laptop as well. This just about makes my blood boil. What on earth are teachers doing, still expecting kids to carry textbooks? And exercise books? This is the age of the digital school, isn't it?
If your school has moved to a digital environment (and there is no reason why it should not have in this eighteenth year of the 21st century), then you need to ditch the textbooks and the countless exercise books. There is absolutely no need for huge stationery lists anymore. You need to protest and make sure the school makes changes so that stationery lists are minimal and the only book that the learners carry is the occasional one that they might borrow from the classroom or the library for a bit of extra reading or study (yes, chuck out the homework, too).
Why on earth are schools spending their budgets on textbooks? Please, can someone explain?