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December 4, 2008

Left to fend for himself after budget cuts, His tests cost over $500 a year to print, but this year he only got $316, one calculus teacher resorted to selling ads on quizzes and tests to cover his printing costs. $10 for quizzes, $20 for tests, and $30 for a final.

After a local newspaper featured his story, the offers rolled in and he sold out his semester. Most of the ads are positive messages bought by parents, while others are from local businesses.

While the story is cool, it does raise the concern that other schools and teachers might get inspired and start renting out space to more sophisticated clients, like McDonald’s or Coke.

“The advertisers are paying for something, and it’s access to kids,” said Robert Weissman, managing director of Commercial Alert, a non-prof that combats commercialization in the classroom.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2008 2:57 pm

    damn. i need to show this to my moms. she is basically going thru the same thing except she hasnt decided to sell ads.

  2. TIna permalink
    December 4, 2008 5:07 pm

    that is a shame
    we would pay millions to sports, ceo and etc…. and not take care of our schools
    no wonder this world is so messed up.

  3. Enlightened One permalink
    December 5, 2008 9:29 am

    that’s b/c they dont want our kids to be intelligent. if we were to actually use or brains and think about wuts happenin in the world, instead of watchin retarded ass reality shows, we mite realize that we are being fucked, big time!!!!

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