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Graycie of Today's Homework, still in a state of disbelief, tells how her seniors her were taken out of class for an hour for a presentation by a company that sells class rings and other commemorative trinkets and clothing items:

Now, I know that kids want stuff. And if their parents can afford it, fine. And if they earn the money themselves and choose to spend it on this sort of gewgaws, also fine. But. Don't make time during school class time to pack them into the cafeteria and show them slick catalogs and fancy power-point shows of all the junk they can buy above and beyond what is basic.
I foam at the mouth when I talk about things like the peer pressure involved when several hundred teenagers are packed into the cafeteria and bombarded with consumer ads. Or the appropriateness of allowing a company to use class time to market their stuff.

Well, we'll assume that everything in the state's standards had already been covered. ...

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It's just shameful that we subject our students to such commercialism. Reality is that we need to use such opportunities to help them discern the real intent and purpose in such marketing efforts.

Sometimes priorities get skewed. Being a music person, I remember when a music contest or clinic was reason to grant an excused absence. Not as much these days, even though music students routinely score higher than other students on SAT's, etc. But to allow the entire student body out of class to buy "gewgaws" ( I love that description! ) is boneheaded.

I'm all for seniors having some extra privileges. They've earned it and should have the opportunity to build fond memories of their senior year. However, find out how much kick back the school received from the sales of the "gewgaws" and you might have your explanation as to why the entire senior class was excused from class to listen to the sales pitch.

Hi... I have 2 sophmores, and they already shopped for their ring, which they will receive in December! They do not take the students out of class. They were sent home with a catalog, had a "preview night", and could also go during lunch. No class time was used.
Way back when, in my day we had one choice...the school colors & that's it!
We also got our rings the end of Junior year.

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