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Corporate Sponsorship In Public Schools
The Pros and Cons to Sponsorship
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The Pros and Cons to Sponsorship

Before you take a side on sponsorship, hear what the critics are saying both for and against sponsorship in schools:

Pros of Corporate Sponsorship--

lExtra money generated for school

There is a lowered pressure for raised taxes and referendums. There will be less programs cut and better upkeep of classrooms. More money will be available for needed additions.

lBetter Equipment
The school can provide updated computers and computer equipment; updated technology and programs; and updated   textbooks as needed. The school can also provide access to other critical educational materials with the extra money and equipment received.
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Charter Schools and Specialized Schools
Charter schools and specialized schools are for-profit; because of this, the schools do not run out of funds or sacrifice programs. Students receive a core education, but they also receive a focused curriculum in school’s background.
 
 

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l“Today, schools and universities are becoming increasingly disciplined by the corporate logic of accountability, predictability, measureability, efficiency, and productivity. The result has been a decrease in the autonomy of teachers, a weakening of the role of teachers’ unions, and the reorganization of large urban school districts… All this could lead to the disempowerment of teachers, parents, and students.” – Peter McLaren, author

Cons of Corporate Sponsorship--

Declining of School Foundations 

lBy allowing private corporations to sponsor them, schools are at risk of turning the public domain into a private sector of the community.
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Impact on Teens
Through vending machine and fast food contracts, students are offered poor food and nutrition choices. Also, students are subject consumerism via advertisements. Adolescents have a large amount of spendable income available; by forcing them to attend a school full of advertisements, schools are cornering the students for eight hours each day.
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Corporations Setting Curriculum
Edcational materials are expensive; if a corporation offers them for free in exchange for advertising, that corporation has a bit of control over the curriculum and what is taught. Because of this, companies may use this power to push underlying agendas to students (example: an oil company discussing their contributions to the clean-up effort in oceans).