This is brilliant with a capital ILLIANT! A high school teacher in San Diego has come up with a plan to overcome budget shortfalls. He’s selling ad space on his test papers. Are you kidding me? This is so simple. I can’t believe nobody thought of it before. The teacher’s name is Tom Farber and he gets an “A-plus” from me for thinking outside of the box to overcome the despicable shortcomings of government funding. According to the story in USA Today:
San Diego magazine and The San Diego Union-Tribune featured his plan just before Thanksgiving, and Farber came home from a few days out of town to 75 e-mail requests for ads. So far, he has collected $350. His semester final is sold out.
Believe it or not, there is opposition to Farber’s plan of action. Again quoting from the USA Today article:
That worries Robert Weissman, managing director of Commercial Alert, a Washington-based non-profit that fights commercialization in school and elsewhere. If test-papers-as-billboards catches on, he says, schools in the grip of tough economic times could start relying on them to help the bottom line.
My response – and the problem is…? What is wrong with selling ad space on test papers? Regulate the ads. Make sure McDonalds, Pepsi, Hardees, MTV, etc. aren’t allowed to purchase ads if you are concerned about corrupting the student’s malleable minds, but I think it would be a sin to take this source of revenue away from schools and teachers. We have been making teachers pay out of pocket for supplies for far too long.
Mr. Weissman, I’m sure you’re a nice guy, but you are dead wrong in this case. Let the teachers keep their money.