I can't wait until Blue Boutique decides they want to run ads on school
buses...that debate on the Deseret News boards is going to be ferocious.
Brave Sir, I guess the DN boards are safe per the restrictions, the Boutique is
out, but maybe the Blue Iguana.
As the parent of two school age children, I am grateful that there are
boundaries about what will be seen on these buses, but I am disappointed that
children are yet again being "marketed" to. In whose best interest is
Gatsby, the billboard is about underage drinking and knowing who your
children's friends are. Any other type of ad would irritate me too.
The final language to the bill includes a stipulation that the ads MUST be
appropriate for children, and as the article states, the school board has final
say on ALL ads. These are elected people, not administrators.
I think this is a good idea. This will evolve to more private business
involvement in education. With less government involved in education and more
community and families involved in edcuation, the students will win. Let's
get the teachers' unions and federal government out of the picture. They
are ruining our childrens' education. They certainly haven't done
much good, and obviously, there is a mishandling of funds, or else they
wouldn't have to resort to advertizing businesses.Public
schools waste a lot of money. Some textbooks can cost $400 each. That's
why there is a shortage. I'm sure the schools can find a much better
resource for books, but the beaurocracy makes it next to impossible to make wise
and practical decisions.
"Free Money?" That sounds an awful lot like a guaranteed return with no
risk or a day at the slot machines. There's no such thing and it's a
pity we have educators who think otherwise.
I am unsure how advertisements on school buses can possible be seen as a good
thing. It seems to me to be a commercialization of the school. I understand
that school districts are struggling to fund various aspects of public
education. I understand that teachers are way underpaid. I just don't
understand the reasoning behind turning a school bus into a rolling
advertisement. It seems to me that kids are bombarded enough with advertising
at home and in media, do we really want to include it in school? Is this
teaching our kids that any space is available for the right price? I went to
the website advertised and it seems like a good campaign to encourage thought
before drinking but still, does that matter when talking about our kids and the
message this could send to them? I would love to hear someone else's
opinion on this who can approach this topic thoughtfully and dispassionately.
Do you think all topics of concern for teenagers would be included, i.e.
abortion and contraceptives?
I appreciate the clarification about the exact language in the bill, but who
gets to decide what is "appropriate for children?" If I used
society's standards for that, I'd clash much of the time. Again I
come back to "in whose best interest is this?" Is it really for the
kids? Do I trust the business community to have children's "best
interests" at heart? And doesn't this just open the floodgates?
What's to stop businesses from wanting to put signs on playgrounds, in
school hallways etc.? I am ashamed of the way adults in our culture market to
children. For decades, other generations have said, school buses are off limits
to private interests--I think that line should be maintained. I appreciate that
school boards will have the final say--I have great respect for the tough work
they do, and I am all about public education, and know that money is always an
issue. But putting ads on buses--of any nature--is a line I would not cross.
As a parent, it goes against all my gut instincts.