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New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Tom Friedman wrote an op/ed piece in today’s Times about corporate sponsorships. His column focuses on a book by Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel, “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” and specifically cites public schools.  He references a school in Newburyport along with a New Jersey elementary school that in 2001 became America’s first public school to sell naming rights to a corporate sponsor.

Here’s an excerpt:

Why worry about this trend? Because, Sandel argues, market values are crowding out civic practices. When public schools are plastered with commercial advertising, they teach students to be consumers rather than citizens.

Worth the read, given the current discussion in Newton.