A brochure and some printed material from St. Mary's Publishing Corporation came in the mail a few days ago. It shows the textbooks required for the elementary and high school grades. At the same time, I received a wish list from the public school principal for the pre-school grade, 1 textbook for each of the following (with the purchase price in Philippine pesos with Canadian dollar conversion): prep math (219.00/$5.05), prep reading (219.00/$5.05), prep language (189.00/$4.35), prep writing (219.00/$5.05), prep Filipino (175.00/$4.04).
To equip a child with all 5 textbooks would cost, in Canadian funds, $23.54! It is likely that at least 2 children will share a set of textbooks, and the same textbooks will be passed on to the next batch the next year.
So for the price of any one of the following: 3-half chicken Swiss Chalet meals, or 4 Big Mac meals, or 11 tall Starbucks regular coffee, two or more children will have a set of textbooks. In Ontario, $23.00 is not enough to buy a dozen regular beers!
The textbooks will physically last a few years and the learning will last a lifetime whereas the food items will be excreted from your system in 24 hours!
Think about it.
More updates to come, of course.