This is one of the first posts on this blog and an edited repost seemed appropriate since school starts back for kids in our area this week.
Parents of kids who have been in school — would you rather deal with the IRS or with the PTO?
You probably had to take a second to think about that. Answering questions related to purchases made years ago, deductions made, and other boring nonsense sounds pretty bad. But then you realize that you’re not comparing the IRS to car shopping or signing a million pages in a house closing — you’re comparing it to the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). At best, that realization gives you a sinking feeling in your stomach. At worst, you might be having some flashbacks and screaming, “No, God, no!” in your head.
The PTO is kind of life the mafia, but without the threat of violence. They’re constantly trying to shake you down for money, do favors for their top earners, and are masters at extortion. If your family doesn’t pay the
protection membership fee, then watch out.
“Get out there with 50 packs of overpriced M&Ms and don’t come back until they’re gone.”
“Little Peter can only sell 10 tins of popcorn? Get his butt back out in front of the Walmart ’til they’re gone.”
“Each child was supposed to raise $300 for this fundraiser. Your child raised $298.12. You think that’s acceptable?! Hit. The. Streets. Find that money or else!”
Or something like that.
Some people like to believe that making kids stand on the corner or go house to house peddling whatever the item of the month is teaches them how to succeed in life. They’ll be great businessmen or women, become entrepreneurs, learn something about persistence. It also prepares them for a future in drug dealing, but making such a comment is a surefire way to get a dirty look or two cast in your direction.
Here’s a little visual comparison of the two organizations. I think we can all agree that the PTO is the worst (assuming you are honest on your taxes, anyway).
(You can zoom in to read the smallish handwriting. Laziness prevented me from redoing it.)
What would you add to the list of crappy things about the PTO?
I should mention that this isn’t representative of the PTO at Little Man’s current school…I plead the fifth on other experiences.