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Thread: Seeking Money, Texas Schools Turn to Advertisements

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    Seeking Money, Texas Schools Turn to Advertisements

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/17/education/texas-schools-turn-to-ads-in-search-of-needed-money.html?_r=1&hp

    The rooftop of a suburban high school is not a location that companies usually consider prime advertising real estate. But in Humble Independent School District, it may be. The districtís high school lies directly in a flight path for Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.


    Although the rooftop plan has yet to come to fruition, Humble I.S.D. has already sold the naming rights to nearly every piece of its football stadium, including the entryway, the press box and the turf. Its school buses carry advertisements for the Houston Astros and local hospitals, among others.


    It's bad enough that our education system focuses on the regurgitation of mostly useless information, but now it could serve as a breeding ground to further instill the gross materialism that has come about from commercialism run amok.

    But I'll let my favorite fictional character take it from here (so funny when life imitates art):

    Daria - This isn't about whether I like soda. It's about whether a public high school should be using its status as a place of authority to serve as one more marketing tentacle of corporate America. With the taxpayers subsidizing it.

    Lamm - Surely you give your friends enough credit to know when they're being taught and when they're being sold to?


    Daria - I give them enough credit to figure out about three seconds after those machines arrive that they can't trust this institution. The few who still do.

    Not every human is a manipulative, opportunistic, letch... or at least that's what I'm told.
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    Stuff like this makes it painfully obvious why people don't want to privatize everything...

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    See no problem with this if the locals don't want to cut spending or raise taxs. Personally would prefer the later.

    And Daria, you don't eat at the public high school? Whats the difference from the "corporate America" milk companies getting subsidized tentacles? Think mine was provided by Pet. If you want to argue the merits of the health about sodas being sold at the high schools, fine I'm all for this. Anti-commericalism? Lamm should have just told her to go camp out with the Occupiers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    Stuff like this makes it painfully obvious why people don't want to privatize everything...
    More like painfully obvious public sector agencies are incapable of sound financial management. They are down to revenue schemes or the old stand by - raise more taxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbone34 View Post
    More like painfully obvious public sector agencies are incapable of sound financial management. They are down to revenue schemes or the old stand by - raise more taxes.
    If you say so. If public sector agencies were incapable of sound financial management, then Jesus himself must have intervened to have kept all these agencies running the last century or so. Could it be possible that maybe, just maybe, the bad economy that is also effecting the private sector, could be having an effect on the public sector as well? I guess it's possible that the government in it's entirety are certified morons and completely incapable of doing simple math equations. However, It seems more probable that the bad economy has an effect on things outside of the private sector...
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    Why is it that other countries have better education systems at the fraction of the cost? Seems to me like a whole bunch of money is being wasted.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    If you say so. If public sector agencies were incapable of sound financial management, then Jesus himself must have intervened to have kept all these agencies running the last century or so. Could it be possible that maybe, just maybe, the bad economy that is also effecting the private sector, could be having an effect on the public sector as well? I guess it's possible that the government in it's entirety are certified morons and completely incapable of doing simple math equations. However, It seems more probable that the bad economy has an effect on things outside of the private sector...
    It's only a bad economy for certain sectors, it's business as usual for others. You could say the Federal Reserve had more to do with the last century than Jesus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    Why is it that other countries have better education systems at the fraction of the cost? Seems to me like a whole bunch of money is being wasted.
    Very true. Other countries do so without privatization though, so to imply that's the way to fix our mess is incorrect. Privatization would only serve to lower our already mediocre school attendance numbers.

    Personally, I think it's a cultural thing. Other countries put a higher premium on education than we do. Arizona is a good example of a place that would probably not have school at all if it was up to them. Having people putting a high value on school means that they intrinsically want it, so less money is needed to make it work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Locke View Post
    Very true. Other countries do so without privatization though, so to imply that's the way to fix our mess is incorrect. Privatization would only serve to lower our already mediocre school attendance numbers.

    Personally, I think it's a cultural thing. Other countries put a higher premium on education than we do. Arizona is a good example of a place that would probably not have school at all if it was up to them. Having people putting a high value on school means that they intrinsically want it, so less money is needed to make it work...
    I'm totally open to any idea that's cheaper and better. I think the United States ranks about 25 to 30 in the world when it comes to education but we spend the most money on it. Which means over 20 or so countries spend far less than we do and have better results. Seems to me that we could learn a thing or two from other countries on education and save ourselves a ton of money in the process.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphins9954 View Post
    I'm totally open to any idea that's cheaper and better. I think the United States ranks about 25 to 30 in the world when it comes to education but we spend the most money on it. Which means over 20 or so countries spend far less than we do and have better results. Seems to me that we could learn a thing or two from other countries on education and save ourselves a ton of money in the process.
    I'd be interested in what they are doing. I think the biggest differences we would see would things related to the U.S.'s unique problems. I could see legal fees (U.S. schools get sued exponentially more than any other country), drug/violence prevention programs, and the ridiculous amount put into athletics as the biggest differences. Past that, I would have no idea how they spend so much less...
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