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Thread: School advertisements

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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    How is this any different than your kids seeing the same products advertised on TV? It's not exactly as if they're proposing that the highest bidder actually gets to re-write the curriculum.
    Captive audience, I can turn the TV off, can't do the same with the school.
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Captive audience, I can turn the TV off, can't do the same with the school.
    Ok, I see your point. What about the billboard advertising the new car right across the street from your children's school?
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    How is this any different than your kids seeing the same products advertised on TV? It's not exactly as if they're proposing that the highest bidder actually gets to re-write the curriculum.
    On TV sponsors wield a degree of power over content by whether or not they choose to advertise in certain programming. It is bad enough that idiotic politicians hold as much sway as they do over what gets taught in the school, but we should add potential threats from companies to withdraw sponsorship or advertising dollars unless subject x is portrayed this way, or includes this slant? Or risk having school boards tailoring their message and their approach to entice certain sponsors?
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    Ok, I see your point. What about the billboard advertising the new car right across the street from your children's school?
    Meh, it's far enough away to not be considered constant exposure.
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Captive audience, I can turn the TV off, can't do the same with the school.
    This biology textbook brought to you by The Discovery Institute.. teach the controversy!
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    This biology textbook brought to you by The Discovery Institute.. teach the controversy!
    Or the 700 Club....*shudders*
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Or the 700 Club....*shudders*
    I already addressed this and stated that topics such as religion and politics should obviously be off-limits and there would be no authority to modify what was taught.

    A Nike Banner on the wall isn't going to break a kid's education, imo.
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    I already addressed this and stated that topics such as religion and politics should obviously be off-limits and there would be no authority to modify what was taught.

    A Nike Banner on the wall isn't going to break a kid's education, imo.
    No but long term the consequences of such actions could be bad.
    We are already a heavy consumerist society, I don't like the idea of taking that all the way to schools.
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by theangryamerican View Post
    I already addressed this and stated that topics such as religion and politics should obviously be off-limits and there would be no authority to modify what was taught.

    A Nike Banner on the wall isn't going to break a kid's education, imo.
    And using my example, the Discovery Institute will tell you they are not a religious organization, and may decide to open up another can of worms and sic some lawyers on the district so that they (or a similar Trojan horse advertisers) can advertise there. This could also work the other way around, and some parents sic lawyers on the district because they disagree with the content of company X's ad, thus potentially costing the school district even more money above and beyond what is brought in by those Nike banners.
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    Re: School advertisements

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Once upon a time, the only thing you needed for a school was a teacher, a student, something to write on, and a place to sit out of the weather. Nowadays you might add to that a computer and a few books.
    Most households can afford that. For those that can't, they can be provided at much less cost than the bloated educational infrastructure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    We spend too much on things that are unnecessary to education, like two bureaucrats for every real teacher; fancy buildings that look like the sort of universities where only the rich kids can afford tuition; sports stadiums big and fancy enough for a college; and enough Fed-rule-compliance-paperwork to kill a whole forest for paper to write it all on.

    Then when the budget cuts come, what's the first thing that gets cut? Not the frivolities or excesses, no.... not the bureaucracy or their bloated salaries.... no the first thing they cut is the real TEACHERS. Seen it happen. Ticks me off.
    Me too. Especially when there are programs I consider vital-- gifted and talented programs-- that many schools do not offer at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    So I have a hard time believing they are hurting that much. Do they still have sports programs? Yes? Then they aren't hurting... they just think they are.
    To be fair, school sports programs are often among the biggest sources of revenue for the school. It may be perverse to fund sports at the expense of more vital school programs... but it may also be necessary.

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