Friday, December 06, 2013

Advertising in schools?

A bill to allow advertising in schools has just been cleared by the Philadelphia city council.

According to a spokesperson it'll bring in millions of dollars for the Philly school system.

Which I'm sure is much needed.

But at what cost?

Working in advertising bought my house and pays for my bills. But enough is enough.

To plaster ads all over schools is just plain wrong.

It is, for want of a better cliche, the beginning of a very slippery slope.

Introducing the bill Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown said there would be "commercial advertisements on school district buildings as a means of generating major dividends for the school district."

She went on describe it as, "A win-win on all sides and it goes way beyond Coca-Cola on a scoreboard."

Which may well be the most damning statement I've heard from a politician this week.