In South Dakota, ten teachers competed against each other to grab the most dollar bills and fund school supplies for their class.
In this game, 5,000 dollars were deposited on the Sioux Falls team rink. The teachers thus faced each other for five minutes to leave with the most money. According to information from the local newspaper Argus Leader, the sum was given by CU Mortgage Direct, a mortgage specialist.
Images of the competition have gone viral on social media, as teachers redouble their efforts to raise the most dollar bills.
Disgusting & dehumanizing. Tax billionaires already. This is dystopian.
South Dakota arena holds a “Dash for Cash” where teachers get on their knees & fight for $ 1 bills to use for class supplies as people watch & cheer.
SD ranks 29th in K-12 educationpic.twitter.com/JCaLabloYd
– Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) December 13, 2021
A “humiliating” game
The president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, considered this game to be “humiliating”. “Teachers shouldn’t have to rush to buy school supplies,” he said.
Some people did not hesitate to compare this game to some scenes from the Squid Game series.
For their part, the teachers seem to have appreciated the gesture of CU Mortgage Direct. Indeed, South Dakota is the 49th state in teacher compensation.
“I think it’s really cool when the community offers an opportunity like this for things that educators often pay out of pocket,” said Alexandria Kuyper, an elementary school teacher.