what do teachers/administrators have against trapper keepers?

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  1. sitdown_shutup

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    I was in elementary school from the late 80s to the early 90s. During that time trapper keepers were really popular yet for some unexplained reason... they were banned. You were not allowed to have them.

    you could own any other brand of binder, yet if you had a trapper keeper it was sent home with you at the end of the day and told not to bring it in again.

    I don't think I was the only one who experienced this and its is still a mystery to me. Could folks explain this to me? Whats the deal?
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    I never experienced that. Sounds bizarre.
     
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    Maybe the annoying Velcro sound?
     
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    I have no clue. I've never heard of anyone NOT allowed to have one.
     
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    Maybe the fact that it closed made it harder for the teacher if she collected notebooks? Or she wanted students to have something in a solid color - more professional looking - if they were to be turned in? Or that Trapper Keepers were kind of made to put all subjects in one place, and she wanted a separate binder for her class specifically? I have no idea, either.
     
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    PS they have a few vintage ones for sale on Ebay. Now that YOU are the teacher, you could have your own. They would probably be great for organizing papers.
     
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    I think they were "banned" from the school my kids attended because they wouldn't fit in their tiny lockers. Other than that, no clue.
     
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    They were banned from my school and I always wanted to know why.
     
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    This was the very reason my girls could not have Trapper Keepers in elementary. They were too big to fit into the cubbies, and lockers provided. I think the "ban" went away in jr high as the lockers were of normal size.
     
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    I am proud to share that I rocked the NKOTB Trapper Keeper, the "Goonies" Trapper Keeper, the Tiffany Trapper Keeper, and various animal wildlife ones.

    Yes, my birthday falls around the start of the new school year and someone always gifted me one.

    I absolutely loved the shiny cover, the dividing pockets and space, and that delicious sound of velcro upon first opening my new tool which was going to keep me organized.
     
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    I LOVED Trapper Keepers!
     
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    I don't think I ever had a trapper keeper. Either they weren't invented yet, it was because I generally carried my homework folded up in my back pocket (if I had it, that is).
     
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    I laugh at this thread because my middle school child is stressed this week because a new term starts and he is required to have a new binder, etc. and he is only going to be at this school one more week since we are moving. I'm not getting the supplies. I told him I will write a note. I just now remembered that promise.
     
  15. smalltowngal

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    :lol:
     
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    Trapper Keepers and binders of any kind are not permitting in our grade level. We have cubbies instead of lockers; as well as tables. There is no place to store them. We don't allow the hard supply boxes either, for the same reason.
     
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    We were never allowed to have Trapper Keepers, either. My guess was the velcro/zipper things.
     

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