■Class discussion: Should teachers beg the public to pay for school supplies? Should they use their own money to buy classroom supplies? Do your teachers ever pay for the supplies you use? Would you expect police officers and firefighters to use their own money to buy fuel for patrol cars and fire trucks? How does public spending on education compare with spending on other things such as defense, public safety, roads, prisons or football and baseball stadiums? How has spending on education changed over the years?