No new advertising policy for the 2013-14 school year

Since our initial founding in 2002, Voxitatis has never accepted money for advertising space on its website or in any printed matter. This general policy, intended both to maintain our independence (Consumer Reports) and to provide children with as commercial-free a childhood as our resources will allow (Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood) will not change.

We don’t oppose per se the advertising policies on sites like Facebook or the small amount of profile sharing with businesses offered by companies like Edmodo. This can make users aware of resources that might help them. There’s a good place for commerce online, but our site is different.

There are plenty of ways to support our work, and I hope you would consider subscribing to our constructed response scoring service or making a small donation. But our resources, databases, and reports are free and free of advertising. They always were, and they always will be.

Our math demos have been updated and an interface page provided that will link the tools to the areas of the Common Core to which they’re aligned. During the school year, our fraction wheel tool was accessed, on average, 1,110 times per weekday. We will also be releasing our Verbo de Verbo project databases during the 2013-14 school year. These allow you to see some of the success people are having by “tagging” your multimedia lesson plans, productions, or other work to specific lines of public domain documents, such as the complete plays of William Shakespeare or the US Constitution.

So, while our foundation’s work will be more accessible, convenient, and just plain rich, our costs have not significantly increased because we’ve maintained a skeleton staff and made use of freelance talent in many cases. And speaking of freelancers, we’d like to invite high school students to do some writing for us. We currently have positions available in sports, music, and movie reviews. If you’re interested in getting your work published and making a little spending money, please email me at editor@schoolsnapshots.org.

About the Author

Paul Katula

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.