It's easy to understand why companies would want to advertise on your school campus: What you wear, what you play, and what you listen to are worth billions in business. And it's easy to see how schools would benefit: The money they get from allowing ads could make up for what they've lost in the recession - and help you go on more field trips, have more money for athletics, and have better after-school programs. From a business standpoint, it makes sense.
But from an educational one, it gets murky. Many would argue that a public school is a place for learning, not marketing. And they fear that commercializing campuses is a step in the wrong direction, especially when there are already ads on everything from your cell phone to your television to the signs you pass on the way to school.
In Monday's show, you hear some different viewpoints about on-campus advertising. What's yours?
Carl Azuz, Anchor