Entries of interest tagged with: K–12

Are Some Children Worth More than Others?

Do the killings at Sandy Hook school indicate a systemic problem, or are they the work of an individual with mental health problems? I think both are equally true, which means the U.S. needs much better mental health services and … more

Charter Schools: Myth & Reality

Twenty years ago, the charter school was born as an innovative strategy to reinvigorate and enrich public education. Dr. Gary Miron of Western Michigan University is quoted as saying, ‘Groups of teachers and administrators who wanted to innovate and try new … more

Militarism in Schools

Militarism is a combination of relying too much on military force for security and glorifying military service and values. In schools, it often takes the form of fostering the belief that the primary role of the military is to defend freedom and … more

Education & Schools

Learning is a natural process that happens in every imaginable setting. Schools are designed, in theory, to promote and enhance learning. Some schools use highly-structured curriculum, while others use a more experiential, democratic, & student-driven approach. In practice, many schools … more

What is Militarism?

From military recruiting and testing in the schools to movies and television, militarism has become a prominent part of culture in the United States. Essentially, militarism means relying on military force for security and glorifying military service and values. Placing … more

JROTC is a Trojan Horse

JROTC is a program of the military, by the military, and for the military. Disguised as an education program, JROTC is a ‘Trojan Horse’ the military uses to gain access to schools and potential recruits. School boards across the country, … more


Counter-recruitment is concerned with offsetting the aggressive presence of military recruiters and recruiting materials in our schools. An op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer (Dec. 2004) described many of the ways schools contribute to the problem. [Read the op-ed] Here … more

Protect Your Privacy

You may be harassed at home by military recruiters because your school gives them your name, address and phone number. Recruiters have monthly quotas to meet, and once they get your name, they frequently keep bothering you even after being … more

Recruiting in schools op-ed

Military has too much access to schools Balance needed on recruiting information Where have all the young men [and women] gone? Gone for soldiers every one When will they ever learn…. (from “Where Have all the Flowers Gone” by Pete … more

Misconduct by Recruiters

Wars and occupation by U.S. forces have increased the pressure on recruiters, and government reports show a dramatic increase in the number of incidents of misconduct by recruiters, ranging from omitting important facts to helping young people cheat to sexual … more