Now the military has invaded our grade schools. “A new partnership between the Anchorage School District and the U.S. Army Alaska will add a military presence to local schools,” reports the Alaska Star. “School and military officials said the program will help students academically. But having uniformed military in schools also will lend support to children of military members on deployment, they said, and give non-military kids an understanding of what soldiers do for the country.”
If schools in Alaska want to help students academically, they would bring in scholars and education experts, not soldiers. Ideally, students should be home schooled and completely divorced from the pernicious influence of the military and the federal government.
The effort in Alaska has little to do with test scores and literacy. It’s about inculcating the young to the presence of the military. Contrary to the warnings of Jefferson — who knew standing armies will invariably be employed to enslave the people — the U.S. military has over the span of several decades crept into nearly every public aspect of life.
The military instinct in society is now second nature, so much so that a high school in South Carolina has automatically enrolled students in a Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps with little outrage or opposition. “The entire freshman class at Carvers Bay High School has been automatically enrolled in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, a military-sponsored program that trains high school students in military discipline and concepts,” The Sun News in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, reported this week.