> Where was your outrage when schools showed Fahrenheit 911?...hmmmm?
> Oh, that's right...someone claimed THAT was a documentary!!
> THERE'S NO SHAME IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE UNITED STATES MILITARY!!!!!!!!!
> Without them, neither of us could have our own opinion and share it!!
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> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Melissa
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> Subject: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One
>> From: "U.S. Labor Against the War" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>> 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?
>> By Dr. TERESA WHITEHURST
>> "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."
>> 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
>> "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
>> 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
>> 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)
>> <http://space4peace.blogspot.com>http://space4peace.blogspot.com (Our
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