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Kids for Sale - Facts about Commercialized Schooling and Commercialization of Education!

Updated on June 17, 2013

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.

It's our turn to raise the voice.
It's our turn to raise the voice.

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.

1. Education for Everyone? Think Again!

2. Child Labor

3. Education - Tasting the Real Essence

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      A good one. Although initially I thought that this article is going to be about some poor woman selling her kids.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      :P

      Thanks :)

      But actually the concerned authorities have left no stone unturned to make the two things (one that you mentioned, the second that I did) to be exactly the same. They both are selling those angels.

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      Fay Paxton 6 years ago

      Excellent and timely article. It speaks to the push to get rid of public education and privatize everything. People have it all wrong...the government doesn't run our lives, corporations do.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ Fay Paxton

      I am glad you liked it. I hope the society gets the conception right, and then the concerned authorities will may be forced to do the basics right.

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      granny's house 6 years ago

      I hate when they send the kids out to sel stuff for the schools. I thought that is what our tax dollars are for. They put the kids in danger by doing this.Learning starts in the home.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ Granny's house ... You being a mother, I think, can understand the most what I was trying to point out there in my article. And yes you are right, learning starts in the home. I am having my fingers crossed and eagerly waiting for a positive change :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You make some very good points!

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 6 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @ RTalloni ... Thank you :)

      It was just a little effort in bringing a bit of social awareness from my side. I hope you liked it.

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      I don't know about the Western world but in South Asia (Nepal, India or Pakistan for instance) education is too much commercialized. Your hub is insightful and eye opener.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      @Binaya. Indeed you are right. In Asia, education has been altogether commercialized. I am a teacher and I can easily identify these things happening all around me. Although, same is the case with the Western world. Their schools have also been turned up into some sort of organizations, and not educational institutions.

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      Binaya.Ghimire 5 years ago

      I agree because I see lots of Nepalis heeding to the West in pursuit of education. This is also the case in India, the highest number of foreign students in Australia is from India. Interestingly, many Nepalis also go to Pakistan for education.

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      Syed Hunbbel Meer 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

      Yes you are right. Although, education in Pakistan is good and in some universities and private and/or semi-private institutions, it is of supreme quality, but it is expensive I must say. Again, it is the impact of commercialization and money making motives behind that.

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      onlooker 5 years ago

      You are right, everything has now become commercial and the last thing that should be a money making scheme is education for the children. Thank you, for bringing about the awareness.

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      yasmeen begum 5 years ago

      yes I fully agree with u, nowadays institution of education have become profit earning institutions,give money and take education otherwise go to hell. Its understood everywhere business but why in schools ?????

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