After a Board presentation was made by CAMS and the Human Rights Committee, UTLA (United Teachers Los Angeles) in February 2003, a District Committee was established to address questions and concerns regarding military recruitment. For over a year, members and supporters of CAMS, a grassroots coalition of teachers, school staff, students, parents and community have documented and reported to this School District Committee specific instances of aggressive and abusive military recruiter tactics. We have been concerned about the lack of parameters regarding military recruitment, the lack of information and misinformation. We once again went to the Board of Education September 12, 2005 to express our concerns and present specific resolutions to address them. At the same time, approximately 250 email messages mobilized by the Leave My Child Alone campaign were sent to the Board of Education members to support our efforts. Following the Board presentation by a student, parent, teacher and CAMS Coordinator, we were promised that action would be taken within the next month.
This article offers a case study of the militarization of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
First, we portray the landscape of militarization of education through the example of Chicago Public Schools. Second, we situate the militarization of schools within the current charter school movement. Third, we explain the impact of militarization on youth and critique the view that military academies and military programs are appropriate as public education models. Fourth, with a lengthy appendix, we provide readers with tools to work against the militarization of public schools within their communities.
A Report Prepared by The Constitutional Litigation Clinic, Rutgers School of Law-Newark, November 2008
This report presents facts about military recruitment and military service to help parents and students determine whether joining the military is appropriate or necessary. This Executive Summary of the report summarizes the detailed information contained in the rest of the report.
WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT MILITARY RECRUITING, MILITARY LIFE, AND VETERAN AFFAIRS BEFORE ENLISTING.
A Report Prepared by The Constitutional Litigation Clinic Rutgers School of Law-Newark October 2011
The decision to join the military is a very serious one. Enlisting in the Armed Forces is an irreversible commitment to spend at least three years at war. Teenagers considering enlisting should do so based on an honest and straightforward appraisal of the facts, rather than on glossy advertising campaigns that glamorize military service without acknowledging its dangers. Parents and children considering enlistment should be aware that: The military uses aggressive recruiting tactics and spends billions on advertising firms to convince students to sign up for military service. - submitted by yayanetnyc
Confronting Unregulated Military Recruitment in New York City Public Schools (2007)
As the United States military intensifies its recruitment activities inside public high schools to meet wartime quotas, careful oversight of military recruitment tactics in schools is critical. The federal No Child Left Behind Law of 2001 grants the military wide access to public high schools and students’ personal information. While United States Army statistics list New York City as a top source for enlistment, the full extent of military recruitment efforts in New York City public schools remains unknown.
Source: New York Civil Liberties Union
An Alternative Report to the U.S. Government Initial Report to CRC OPAC scheduled for review by the Committee on the Rights of the Child during its 48th Session in May - June 2008. Submitted by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – U.S. Section - Nov. 15, 2007
In this publication, QUNO questions the presence and influence of the military in primary and secondary education from a peace and human rights perspective. Concerned at the military’s involvement in schools and the militarization of education, QUNO draws attention to relevant international human rights standards that promote education for peace./ Quaker United Nations Office
Author: Emily Graham