The Increasing Pressure For Schools Essay

701 Words Jun 16th, 2015 3 Pages
1. Molnar, Boninger, & Fogarty (2011) discuss the increasing pressure for schools to partner with businesses in order to alleviate some of the budget shortcomings. Corporate involvement in education would be an easy way “for schools to pick up a few extra dollars” (Molnar, Boninger, & Fogarty, 2011, p. 2). However, Molnar et al. (2011) identify four different harms that are associated with commercialism in education: psychological, educational, health, and cost. This report focuses on three educational harms. First, foods from vending machines contradict the messages of health and science teachers regarding healthy eating. Second, corporate activities displace learning time. Students might be required to attend an assembly or participate in activities “in an already crowded school day” (Molnar et al., 2011, p. 3). Lastly, this form of consumerism harms critical thinking. Molnar et al. (2011) describe critical thinking as higher order thinking that is “thinking that dissects, critiques, evaluates, and judges” (Molnar et al., 2011, p. 4), whereas lower order thinking involves “remembering, comprehending, and applying knowledge” (Molnar et al., 2011, p. 4). The ability to think critically leads to a deeper understanding of sponsors’ biases, a consideration for alternative points of view, and ultimately the generation of alternative solutions. Therefore, corporate sponsors will have a negative impact on critical thinking since it could eventually threaten the bottom line.…

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