What is the world coming to?
Crappy pencils aggravate the daylights out of me. I get tired of kids churning away at the pencil sharpener until they've eaten away at least half a pencil in order to get a decent, sharp point. Makes me nuts. A lot of the "cutsey" pencils (and gosh, I'm so done with cute) are absolute junk, made out of recycled paper and wood and won't even last a day. They are useless.
So, for years, I've bought Dixon Ticonderoga pencils for my students to use on The Very Big Government Mandated Tests, and for Other Important Things that require a #2 pencil. (For birthdays I give out mechanical pencils although most teachers, as a rule, don't like middle school kids having them - kids have been known to use them to fire straightened out staples at each other with them.)
This year I came to the dreadful conclusion that the Dixon Ticonderoga pencils have obviously changed something because they are, sad to say, just about as crappy as all the rest.
I brought home a big box from school to use in my summer camp and my suspicions were confirmed. They aren't what they used to be. I would sharpen to a point, only to have a piece of lead you can pull out of the pencil. Back to the sharpener. Again, when it was sharpened, all you had to do was tug on the lead and out it would come. You can even tell when the lead is like this as it seems to almost "bulge" slightly at the point where the lead and wood should connect.
I ended up throwing away about half a dozen pencils.
This is ridiculous.
Whomever changed things over at Dixon, do something! You've screwed up the best pencil ever. Now it's just junk, like all the rest.