Teaching to Kill? Army School Ban

I was really happy when I saw this article on the BBC

“Scotland’s biggest teaching union has voted by a clear majority to call for a ban on the armed forces targeting recruitment campaigns at schools.Teachers vote for army school ban

Schools should educate about peace and non-violence, not propagandize children for the military industry. I use the word propagandize because they don’t seem to tell the whole story

Supporters of the ban claimed the military targeted teenagers with t-shirts, pictures of helicopters and even Christmas cards from the recruiting officers.

I hate it when they make war so trivial ignoring the horrific reality of what you’ll be involved in. All the TV adverts have exciting images, theres never footage of dead or injured soldiers, its all “cool” helicopters, tanks and sporting events.  Like the Simpsons video says mocking this PR “the Army – its everything you love” implying its nothing you’d hate too. They should hand out their postcards then the school should make the children watch a documentary like Baghdad ER.

The UK also has a poor record in regard to child soldiers which no school should play a part in.

Fifteen 17-year-old British soldiers were inadvertently sent to Iraq despite a UN convention to keep children away from armed conflict, it has emerged. BBC News: Under 18s deployed in Iraq

The United Kingdom has come under attack for recruiting “child soldiers” by an international coalition of pressure groups. …..“it [the UK] is the only in country that actually deploys 17-year-olds into armed conflict situations in some of the most dangerous places in the world.” BBC News: UK targeted over child soldiers

Ms Teather (MP) said “There is no way people so young are mentally or emotionally prepared to face bloodshed on the scale seen in Iraq.” At what age are you prepared? 18? 19? 27? I’m not convinced your ever prepared. But certainly not at 17, 18 or 19. Nineteen is an age that resonates with me as I met the mother of Gordan Gentle, killed in Iraq. He was sent there after completing 6 months of basic training. Is this a future any teacher wants for their pupils?

As teachers would you even recommend 17 -20 year old boys walk around foreign streets with guns? Would we want them doing that here?

The Reality of War

“It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.” -Albert Einstein

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