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Should Military Recruiters Be Allowed In High Schools?

The Coalition Against Militarism In Our Schools is challenging the right of military recruiters to enter high schools in Los Angeles and try to persuade students to enter military service. Anyone who visits high schools these days is aware that military recruiters avoid secondary schools with excellent academic reputations and focus mainly on high schools located in poverty areas where students are not going to college. It would be unusual for military recruiters to “waste time” attempting their sales pitch to highly successful academic achieving students. That is a reality of modern education.

Arele Inouye, of the Coalition, argues that recruiters “have a quota and it’s their job to get students to sign up. So, just like a car salesman, they’re going t say anything they can to get students to sign up.” The point is a valid one, but the Coalition’s goal of allowing them to enter high school to offer counter arguments also raises questions about the principle of academic freedom. If high schools must allow anyone to enter their classrooms offering alternative interpretations, the result could be chaotic. Those who believe in Creationism could also argue they have a right to present alternative ideas.

The best solution is not allowing anyone onto school grounds to offer a sales pitch. Military recruiters should find alternative ways of contacting students, but doing so in schools is dangerous to the purpose of an academic institution which seeks to provide education.

End Education Apartheid In Britain Says Educator

Dr. Anthony Sheldon told a gathering of British educators it was time to end the system of apartheid schooling which enbles those with wealth to attend institutions which enable children to attend the best universities and therefore secure well paying positions in society. He was particularly concerned about the powerful independent sector of Britih education whose students always attain higher scores on tests and push their graduates into the most outstanding universities. Sheldon emphasized the current system whereby a handful of poor children are plucked from poverty and given an excellent education simply perpetuates the overall dismal showing of most schools servicing the poorer people of society. He asked the independent schools to reach out and form alliances with schools in their area which have many poor children in order to bridge the education gap.

Dr. Sheldon’s words are sincere, but ignore the realities of life. Independent schools might reach out to “help” a school in a poor area, but the enthusiasm of year one will have disappeared by year 3. He ignores the issue is not “helping” but creating a new system of education that will benefit all children and will be tuned into needs of 21st century life. In the 21st century, we don’t need “do-gooders” we need to do good for all.