Like something out of a less bloody but equally demeaning Squid Games episode, teachers in South Dakota participated in a cash grab for classroom improvements.
The scene is immediately striking for its humiliation of the educators.
Imagine people from the rest of the country and world seeing this and thinking how underfunded our education system is.
Meanwhile in Congress, the House a week ago had no problem approving $768 billion on more bombs and weapons.
The New York Times reports on the bizarre scene from South Dakota:
“As an entire hockey arena of spectators watched, the competitors jostled at center ice, not for the puck but for dollar bills — 5,000 of them to be exact.
Ten teachers were selected for a Dash for Cash giveaway at a junior hockey league game on Saturday night in Sioux Falls, S.D., enticed by the opportunity to make extra money for classroom improvements.
At the signal, the educators got down on their knees and frantically scooped up as much currency as they could. They stuffed the bills into their shirts as the crowd murmured.
The giveaway — organized by the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League, in conjunction with CU Mortgage Direct, a local lending company — was swiftly and widely criticized as being demeaning to teachers.
Critics said that no teacher should have to put up with the kind of indignity that unfolded at the hockey game. They pointed out that South Dakota ranks next to last in teacher pay, averaging $49,000 a year.”
For the rest of the story, visit The New York Times here.