Re: RE: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One

Bonnie Brown (
Thu, 24 Feb 2005 14:21:09 -0500

I have a brother in the military who will be soon be spending his
second tour of duty in Iraq. I'm proud of my brother's service
however, I was not offended in the least by the FYI info posting that
military ads are being shown in schools. I think that it's our duty to
know what is being viewed by our children. Interesting to note that my
brother was a high school drop out and it's quite likely that since we
don't have any immediate family members in the military that he very
well could have been influenced in this way, but I wouldn't have
suspected that until now. There's nothing wrong with being educated
and since this is video-educational, I think one could argue that it's
relevant, slanted maybe, but relevant, just the same.

As for F-911, the two are completely irrelevant so I do not understand
the comparison.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark W. Kopp" <>
Date: Thursday, February 24, 2005 11:12 am
Subject: RE: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One

> Where was your outrage when schools showed Fahrenheit 911?...hmmmm?
> Oh, that's right...someone claimed THAT was a documentary!!
> MILITARY!!!!!!!!!Without them, neither of us could have our own
> opinion and share it!!
> Mark
> *****************************************
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Melissa
> Riley
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 12:31 PM
> To:
> Subject: [Videolib] Military Ads on Chanel One
> fyi
> >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?>
> >
> >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
> >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
> >hmaga>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)
> ><>
> >
> ><>
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