Should children give gifts to teachers?
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The giving of presents to teachers is becoming increasingly commercialised and competitive, a teachers' union warns. Do you agree?
In a survey of 1,000 of its members, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) ATL found 93% had received gifts. The most popular present was chocolate (85% of gifts), but other gifts included opera tickets, champagne, a Tiffany bracelet and tickets for the Test match.
Primary school teacher Chris Clarke said: "Although I am very grateful that pupils and their parents appreciate what I do for them, I do feel that in our school there is a culture of present-giving that can become almost unhealthy."
Should parents be buying gifts for their children's teachers? Is the culture of gift giving becoming too competitive? Should schools have a policy on gift giving? Are you a teacher? What kind of gifts have you received? If you are a parent what kind of presents have you bought for your child's teacher?