Sunday, October 09, 2005
Pentagon reaching in to Tucson schools
TUCSON -- The local Sunday paper today reported more high school kids than ever are signing up for military programs in their schools. Good reporting by C.A. Alaimo, but the Star's headline may be off.
I'm not so sure these kids 'trust' the military, but they do need jobs and money for college, and the military pumps up these programs and aims them at students. There also is some truth that the current generation of high schoolers leans more conservative, and they are easily influenced and swayed -- especially by guns and trucks.
Many kids see no good economic opportunities around them in Tucson. They know at least the military provides pay and benefits, even if you have to kill or be killed.
The real question may be why is the military allowed in to our schools? If students want to seek them out, they should, but I'm not sure military programs and recruiting should be prominent in our schools.