Kids for Sale - Facts about Commercialized Schooling and Commercialization of Education!
Commercialization is NOT made for ‘Education’ sector, and similarly, ‘Education’ is NOT for commercialization. The process of giving education is far more honorable, pleasant and prestigious than the monetary rewards involved in it. However, unfortunately, many of the institutions and schools today are seemed to forget the real essence of the education process and that of passing the knowledge for the just sake of betterment of the younger ones and of the society as well. For earning, and for making other persons’ life miserable, there are several other methods in this world and many other businesses are serving this purpose well. Education should be kept apart from these types of menaces. After all, in this dying world, it is one of those rare gifts we can transfer to the younger and upcoming generations, with all the honesty and affection involved.
Please do not take this article, like just another one. I did not write this for the purpose of ‘Just Writing another Article’, but I felt that if I can write it then I should write about this. It is my responsibility to bring light to an issue which is in between us and our societies for many decades now. And it is your responsibility, too, to at least understand the concept behind this, share this and raise your voice whenever you see these types of injustices happening to the younger generations.
I am not merely speaking my heart out, I have some statistics too:
1. Why schools have been the target for commercialization?
2. Why school kids have been overloaded with advertisements all over them, instead of education and an environment in which their skills and talent may grow?
The answer is dead simple. The school children are one of the biggest markets for advertisement and an easy way to promote things than it would be in the normal market under cut-throat competition.
1. Children spend 20% of their times (in average) at schools, and this is when they are highly exposed to the advertisement campaigns.
2. In the United States, the school children’s purchasing power is approximately $15 billion, which is an amount, too good for the corporate world.
3. There are around 44 million children in the United States that attend schools on daily basis. In other words, the companies have 44 million customers, viewing their products and campaigns regularly.
Companies are allowed to invest in the schools by their management. They are concerned for their revenues and balance sheets even at the cost of the hindrances that are being created in the education process.
From elevator walls to food items; from school buses to school notebooks, everything is advertised now-a-days. Education should be the main objective of schools, not the monetary revenue behind it. If you want to earn more, you can shift to any other business, but please for God's sake try to understand.
THESE KIDS ARE NOT FOR SALE!
About the 'Educational Hub Series'
I am very much interested in writing more articles about Education and its problems. I am strongly taking this as my responsibility now, and I will request you all to participate in the awareness that I am trying to create.
In this 'Educational Hub Series', apart from this article, I have also written the following hubs. You may want to have a look at these articles too.