RE: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One

Beth Williams (
Thu, 24 Feb 2005 13:07:03 -0500

I hardly think that Fahrenheit 911 was shown on a daily basis in homerooms
all over the country----the point of the original post is that students
should be getting educational news from Channel 1, not recruitment ads for
the U.S. military. And there is no shame in being against the current U.S.
administration and its misguided wars either--they are not being fought for
my opinions or your opinions or for any reasonable concept of freedom or

At 11:12 AM 2/24/2005 -0500, you wrote:
>Where was your outrage when schools showed Fahrenheit 911?...hmmmm?
>Oh, that's right...someone claimed THAT was a documentary!!
>Without them, neither of us could have our own opinion and share it!!
>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Melissa
>Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 12:31 PM
>Subject: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One
> >From: "U.S. Labor Against the War" <>
> >To: (Recipient list suppressed)
> >Subject: [uslawaffiliates] MILITARY TV IN THE SCHOOLS
> >Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 15:38:43 -0800
> >
> >
> >Why Go to College, When You Can be Cannon Fodder?
> >Do You Know What Your Kids Are Watching on "Educational" TV at School?
> >
> >
> ><>http://counterpunch.or
> >g/whitehurst02172005.html
> >
> >"A parent who's too busy or doesn't realize the importance of tuning in
> >to his or her child often expresses surprise when the child gets into
> >trouble or drops out of school. The child knows, but can't explain,
> >that those "bad kids" he or she hangs out with are alike a lifeline.
> >This is the secret pullall the unpleasantness and risk in the world is
> >worth the feeling of being seen and heard by someone."
> >
> >from
> ><>Jes
> >us
> >on Parenting: 10 Essential Principles that Will Transform Your Family
> >
> >I learned something new yesterday. Channel One News, the "educational"
> >TV show that my daughter Isa and millions of other American kids watch
> >every morning at school, is busy recruiting our teenagers into the
> >military.
> >
> >"Mom, they're really aiming at the black kids, and the Hispanic kids
> >too. I'm so sick of seeing those military ads everyday. "The Power of
> >One", and all that lots of my friends are falling for it!"
> >
> >This is especially upsetting to Isa because several of her black
> >friends, 18, 19 and 20 years old, have been shipped to Iraq. Some were
> >promised they wouldn't have to be in combat, but would be doing
> >"mechanical work", "communications", or "wiring".
> >
> >It seems doubtful that, when push comes to shove, kids who've been
> >promised such jobs will be allowed to avoid combat. One of her friends
> >has already been shot "in an embarrassing place"; he's being treated
> >overseas instead of the US so that he can be sent quickly back into
> >combat in Iraq. Mr. Bush's military needs warm bodies, able or not.
> >
> >I stopped the car and asked, "Wait a minute. What do you mean when you
> >say you're "seeing those military ads every day"?"
> >
> >"We have to watch this short thing every morning in homeroom called
> >"Channel One News"," Isa explained with a weary tone. "It's
> >educational, supposedly. You know, the day's news, so we'll be up on
> >current events. But in between the stories, there are more and more ads
> >for the Army and the Marines."
> >
> >I thought about "No Child Left Behind" and the malignant purpose behind
> >that sweet-sounding act that Mr. Bush and his men (and at least one
> >journalist paid $250,000 by the White House) have continuously promoted
> >to trusting parents across the US. After catching my breath I asked,
> >
> >"Are you saying you're being recruited through the TV you watch during
> >homeroom?" She nodded. I asked again, "What do your teachers think
> >about this? What about Mr. Hitchens (not his real name), who told you
> >privately that he's antiwar? Doesn't he say anything against it?"
> >
> >Persuaded Away from College, Towards the Military
> >
> >"No, I think the teachers and the kids are so used to it at my school
> >that they don't even notice anymore. I mean, the other day I was
> >walking to Sociology class and heard the ROTC instructor telling the
> >kids, "Okay, this is how you hold your M-16". The whole culture of the
> >school is military these days, so nobody notices anything unusual about
> >this. And I think the few teachers who aren't prowar or proBush are
> >afraid to get in trouble if they say anything that doesn't sound
> >pro-military."
> >
> >As noted in my recent articles on military recruitment and the coming
> >draft, for two years my daughter and I have been fighting the
> >aggressive and often sneaky efforts of military recruiters to sign her
> >up. Certainly they don't want her for her physical prowess-she weighs
> >98 pounds-so I can only assume they want her for other reasons. Either
> >they've seen her high verbal scores, or they just want young
> >bodies-even a tiny one-to serve as cannon fodder.
> >
> >With a military recruiter present every day in the cafeteria, military
> >"speakers" visiting classrooms, and huge recruiting posters in the
> >guidance office, perhaps it's not surprising that teachers and even
> >guidance counselors have been influenced by the constant hum of
> >"enlist, enlist, enlist". Students at Isa's school are told that, yes,
> >they could consider college, but that it's "very expensive" and "may
> >not guarantee you a job", while the military "will pay for college" and
> >"practically guarantees you'll have a great career". Oh, and "a big
> >cash bonus right now if you sign up today!"
> >
> >Joining the military is presented as the one and only path of honor,
> >heroism, and service to one's country. Many students, not surprisingly,
> >want to be heroes or get out of poverty, so they're signing up in
> >droves. College recruiting is a rarity at this school, and at her
> >previous school, as well. Ah, but military recruiters are constantly
> >lurking around, spending quality time with fatherless boys, handing out
> >materials, giving "aptitude tests" (played down as "just helping you
> >figure out what you're really good at"), handing out Marine bumper
> >stickers, and otherwise making their smartly-uniformed presence known.
> >
> >"It's just everywhere", Isa continued. "Here's an example: In gym we
> >don't exercise or play sports like we used to do-now we "sound off",
> >just like in the military, while running and doing jumping jacks,
> >push-ups, and pull-ups. The freshmen are told to shout, "one, two!",
> >then the sophomores are supposed to answer, "three, four!", and then
> >the whole group of us has to say "Sound off!" I mean it's ridiculous
> >Mom! How are you supposed to exercise while you're shouting at the top
> >of your lungs?"
> >
> >As I started driving again, I took a moment to reflect on this
> >"military culture" that's replacing the educational culture in
> >America's public schools. Surely Channel One News, which parents and
> >educators have criticized from the start as nothing more than a way to
> >let corporations advertise their products directly to kids without
> >their parents' knowledge, wouldn't go so far as to market the military
> >to children as a (better, more heroic, more exciting) alternative to
> >college? Surely they wouldn't override Mom and Dad by sneakily
> >recruiting through "educational" TV at school? Would they? Could they?
> >
> >To be continued in, "Military Recruiting Commercials on "Educational"
> >TV in Public Schools: Day after Day, Military Ads Target
> >Children-Especially Hispanics and Blacks-On Channel One News in Schools
> >Across the Nation"
> >
> >Dr. Teresa Whitehurst is a clinical psychologist and writer. Her most
> >recent book describes the nonviolent guidance of
> >children,<>h
> maga>Jesus
> >on Parenting: 10 Essential Principles that Will Transform Your Family,
> >Baker Books, 9/2004.
> >
> >You can contact her at
> ><>
> >
> >
> >Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
> >PO Box 652
> >Brunswick, ME 04011
> >(207) 729-0517
> >(207) 319-2017 (Cell phone)
> ><>
> >
> ><> (Our
> >blog)
> >
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Beth Williams
North Hall Library

"To say I am merely depressed that he was re-elected is to say the Titanic
sustained a little paint damage. I speak not from any particular affinity
for John Kerry, but from a conviction that Mr. Bush's peculiar combination
of zealotry and utter incompetence constitutes a clear and present danger
to national security and international stability."
Published on Monday, November 8, 2004 by the Baltimore Sun Is This the
Beginning of the End for America? by Leonard Pitts Jr.

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