BC Minister of Education Rejects YNN
The Vancouver Sun March 18, 1999
Education Minister Paul Ramsey has rejected a proposal by a company that promises to provide schools with computer equipment, a satellite dish and a TV set in every classroom.
In exchange, the students must daily watch a 10-minute newscast and 2-1/2 minutes of commercials. The proposal has been highly controversial among teachers since it surfaced several years ago.
"I've sent a very clear message that this sort of commercialization is not acceptable," Ramsey said in an interview.
Teacher Gavin Hainsworth said the company had tried to create a news
program "but it's incredibly low on content and very sizzle, no steak.
"The deal is that . . . if you don't show the program, they take back all
the equipment. So it's a deal with the devil, selling the minds of our kids
in exchange for technology in an underfunded school."
Although teachers have strongly opposed the idea, Hainsworth said he's concerned some principals may still lobby for it because they lack computer equipment.
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