Imagine if you will, the following scenario:
A large conglomerate enterprise is seeking ways to increase its revenues. Someone in the company comes up with a new marketing idea.The enterprise works with the principal of a local school, an assembly is held. A marketing representative lures the children with tales of fabulous prizes if they will but take their brochures home and commit their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., to buy these products.
The children come home with visions of Christmas dancing in their eyes as they become willing slaves to the enterprise. The parents are appalled. Children do not understand that the parents are unwilling to purchase products for twice what they would spend in a local variety store.
A few children manage to sell a great deal of the products and actually enjoy the benefits of some of the prizes which were promised. The majority of the youngsters will sell only a few dollars of product. This is no worry to the enterprise however as the parents must deal with their children's disappointment, a condition which could have been avoided had they only been willing to ask their co-workers to pay $6 for seven ounces of chocolate.
This would be an appalling and unthinkable exploitation of our children if it were to be done by any other organization than the PTA.
I for one send my children to school for an education. I trust the principals and teachers at my children's schools to afford them a certain degree of protection. Instead I learn that my children's school time is being taken up by salespersons who send them home with ideas which in my budget-tight family will only lead to disappointment. And as a parent, I get to deal with the fallout.
While I applaud the stated goal of the PTA, I find its methods completely unacceptable. I will not have my children used in this fashion.
Charles L. Monk
West Valley City