I read a story in the Dallas Morning News earlier this week that has horrifying repercussions for the future. The article talked about how some school districts are either outright prohibiting the use of refrigerators in classrooms or charging teachers for their usage.
For the past three years, I have had a refrigerator in my classroom. This is the same mini-fridge that I had throughout my undergraduate days. It's small, it's dingy, but it keeps my cool stuff cool. And really, that's what I need in my classroom, something to keep my water/Gatorade/Hot Pockets from burning up. Not to mention the fact that it makes for nice extra shelf space.
What's even more worrying is the slippery slope that this puts us all on. First, my refrigerator. But then what? My microwave oven? My crockpot? My large-capacity deep freezer? My matching washer/dryer??? WHERE DOES IT END?!?