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Should corporate sponsored education be allowed?
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Posted 10/24/13
The idea of this is that schools will be teaching while advertising company's products, such as using brand sponsored learning materials. A familiar example is when someone came to your school and handed out free samples of Colgate toothpaste while talking about the importance of brushing. In America, some schools are using Channel One which is basically short segments of pop culture news featuring advertisements. Another example is the food pyramid, used to support US grain industry, later replaced in 2011 (questionable difference between grain/vegetable ratio?)

Is there any moral issues involving commercial intrusion into education?
Share your personal experience.
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Posted 10/24/13
We used to watch Channel One and there were lots of food pyramid posters and Got Milk posters in the lunch room. I don't think they actually influence kids one way or another honestly.
Posted 10/26/13
I don't mind it, as long as it's not McDonald's coming in to schools to teach about healthy eating.
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Posted 10/27/13

GayAsianBoy wrote:

I don't mind it, as long as it's not McDonald's coming in to schools to teach about healthy eating.


Exactly. As long as it's geared towards kids being healthy and promote anti-bullying and the like, I'm fine with it.
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Posted 10/27/13

GayAsianBoy wrote:

I don't mind it, as long as it's not McDonald's coming in to schools to teach about healthy eating.
How do you feel about American Coal foundation suggesting that the “earth could benefit […] from increased carbon dioxide.” ?
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Posted 10/29/13

FlyinDumpling wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

I don't mind it, as long as it's not McDonald's coming in to schools to teach about healthy eating.
How do you feel about American Coal foundation suggesting that the “earth could benefit […] from increased carbon dioxide.” ?


You mean like the Clean Coal or Green Coal campaign? Of course they are going to try to sell their product, who doesn't use coal though...
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Posted 10/29/13 , edited 10/29/13


Is this like MTV's Daria Fizz Ed episode?



Summary:

Following voters rejecting an increase in property taxes (again), Lawndale High is going through a budget crisis and the students are lacking basic educational material like post-USSR maps, paint and good photocopy equipment. Despite the teacher's protests, Ms. Li only decides to act when she notes there is a lack of football equipment.

She is visited by Leonard Lamm, who brings a plan to create extra revenue for the school: by increasing the number of soda vending machines and installing publicity in school grounds, the school could negotiate an exclusive contract from a soda company, including monetary donations. Ms Li is enthusiastic and, to make sure the plan passes, makes only a discreet notice for its discussion to take place in an assembly on Super Bowl Sunday, expecting nobody to appear.

Daria is suspicious of the date and tries to get her parents involved and attend the discussion. Helen and Jake, however, have other plans for the day and suggest for her to get involved instead. Daria and Jane end up attending, being the only public present besides Lamm and Li. Daria objects to the school's endorsement of the soda and the presence of advertising, but her objections are ignored or overruled.

In a few days, the effects of the contract are visible, with more vending machines and posters advertising Ultra Cola in the school hallways. Daria does not give up and takes her complaints to Jodie. But Jodie, although uncomfortable with the ads, also appreciates the monetary benefits and suggests that Daria herself do something, pointing out that she is always complaining. Daria brings up this last comment when talking with Tom, who states there is nothing wrong in complaining, as long as one is actually doing something. In the end, Daria goes to see the county school superintendent, Mr. Cartwright, describing the situation in Lawndale High. He is skeptical, reveling he had been considering doing a similar soda contract to all county schools and further asking whether Daria's complaint isn't just to earn herself a school extra credit. Daria denies it, stating her reasons are that her colleagues and the school don't deserve what Li is doing, and insisting the superintendent comes to see for himself. Despite her pleas, all she gets is a promise that he'll eventually visit the school.

Meanwhile, Lamm notes to Li that the school isn't meeting the Ultra Cola consumption quota to justify the endorsement money. This leads a increasingly paranoiac Li making every effort to bring students to consume the drink: the school halls and bus get the Ultra Cola logos displayed; the football and cheerleading teams get new uniforms; teaching materials now constantly make references to the soda. When this isn't enough, Li bribes the football players with higher grades for all who drink soda and even tries to have the elementary school kids drink it.

Finally, mentally breaking down, she roams the school with an axe, smashing open the vending machines in order to get the students to drink Ultra Cola, only to be shortly after carted off in an ambulance. This psychotic scene is witnessed by the superintendent, who had made an unannounced visit.

In the end, the situation has almost returned to normal: the soda machines have been banned from the hallways, but still exist in the cafeteria; ads for Ultra Cola have been paired down to school event tickets and the Lowdown, and Li has returned as principal despite her psychotic break. Daria is hesitant to declare victory, however, as the roof of Lawndale High has been painted with the Ultra Cola logo, ensuring that all who pass over Lawndale by plane are marketed to.


-- http://www.dariawiki.org/wiki/index.php?title=Fizz_Ed
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Posted 10/16/14
Well I just found out that John D Rockafeller owns all the education in schools

one of his quotes is " I want a nation of workers not thinkers."
Probably explains americas education levels.
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Posted 10/16/14
I'd be very sad if propaganda made it into the curriculum
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Posted 10/17/14 , edited 10/17/14
Should commercial corporations be able to sponsor educational institutions? Absolutely, every bit helps. Should they be able to engage in behaviors which distract from the purpose of educational institutions (such as advertising or modifying educational materials to suit their commercial interests)? Absolutely not. The benefit a sponsor reaps from their support of education is a better educated, and therefore more productive/innovative population, and that should be a sufficient return on the investment on its own.
Posted 10/17/14

lraskie wrote:

We used to watch Channel One and there were lots of food pyramid posters and Got Milk posters in the lunch room. I don't think they actually influence kids one way or another honestly.


never heard of this stuff. i need an imagge
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Posted 10/18/14
Nope, unless it's a private school then that's fine. Corporations should be kept out of public education.
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Posted 10/20/14
Why not? In elementary/high-school the learning is based on dominant ideologies and more on disciplining a student to obey and sit still for 8 hours like the good little worker drones they are anyway, might as well sprinkle a little blatant advertising to go with it.
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Posted 11/18/14
Yes, but you'll end up Renfield,( insane bug eating minion), to their Dracula.
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Posted 11/18/14
Um... No????

Ungh.

Does anybody already follow the news about the changes to the history books? How texas wanted intelligent design to be taught as a competing "theory" to evolution? or the increased mention of calvinism (who promoted the idea of god's chosen people) as a significant figure in history, and the relabeling of the slave trade in the US to the less offensive "Triangle Trade"?? Anybody miss the students protesting last year (or maybe it was earlier this year) to the overhauls to their text books?

And that's just when certain politicians get their hands involved. Imagine what happens when the corporations cut out the middle man and go for it themselves.

Just... no...
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