The Cost of Funding American Public Schools

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Public Schools can, undoubtedly, achieve great things by supplementing their budgets with money from corporate sponsorship; however, this activity is dangerous for public schools as it could put them in a position where they would be expected to support a corporation’s politics while possibly being made to forgo convictions for their own standards and ethics. Since the early 1900s, with the influx of immigrants and the increasing number of children enrolling in schools due to lack of employment opportunities, there has been great demand in education reform with regards to laws and funding (Grubb). In 1958, education reform was propelled forward by one of the biggest contributors for America’s public education system stemming from the…show more content…
This, effectively, turns a school environment from one of education to one mimicking the slick advertisements that we see daily plastered on everything from cars to public bathrooms and everything in between. In a rebuttal to writer Sean McCollum as it pertains to the pros and cons of corporate sponsorship in public schools, writer Joanna Blythman details one effect that corporate sponsorship can have: Business marketers have wanted to get into schools for decades. Know why? Picture rows and rows of captive students who can't leave, switch channels during the commercial, or drag away the giant machine that plugs sugar-loaded soda. That's money in the bank for any company that can bypass the school doors. (McCollum) Such practices are a concern, in part, due to the out-of-control statistics regarding obesity in America’s youth. Commercial vending machines in the hallways of public schools promote the consumption of junk food in youth. Often this consumption ends in tooth decay, hyperactivity and childhood obesity. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control, Obese children and adolescents are at risk for health problems during their youth and as adults…and are more likely to have risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes) than are other children and adolescents. (CDC) In some cases, healthier and cheaper alternatives for school lunches
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