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Military Setting the Curriculum for Schools? Not if We Can Help IT!!!!!

Will the Army be teaching YOU its "values"?

Your action is needed!

Recently discovered is a letter dated November 2003 from State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster to all District Administrators in Wisconsin, urging them to "partner with our armed forces to ensure students stay in school and explore all available career options", utilize the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) as a "career exploration tool for students in planning their future", and encourage "integrating (a program addressing the history of the U.S. Army and/or a character development program based on Army values) into instructional programs or other activities at your school." Please see http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/esea/pdf/1103army.pdf for the complete letter.

The vast majority of members of the armed forces are neither trained nor certified to be educators, counselors, or social service professionals. The personnel designated to implement these programs are local army recruiters, whose primary goal is to channel young people into the military, and the purpose of the ASVAB, according to the Department of Defense (DoD) is as "a battery of tests used by DoD to determine enlistment eligibility and qualifications for military occupations", not to help students choose civilian careers. According to former Secretary of Defense Cheney, "the reason to have a military is to be prepared to fight and win wars...it is not a social welfare agency...it's not a jobs program."

With this purpose so clearly spelled out, can we assume that the military truly is capable of being non-partisan and acting with the best interests of our students in mind? We don't allow corporations or other entities that stand to make a profit from the career or life choices of our children to dictate the curriculum in our schools. Why would we want to allow military salespeople (otherwise known as recruiters) the chance to direct the content of our sons' and daughters' education and/or path in life?

Please contact State Superintendent Burmaster, Governor Doyle, and your local district administrator, school board, or principal to register your opposition to this blatant attempt to militarize our schools and young people. Don't forget to send letters to the editor of your local newspaper, too!



State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster
PO Box 7841,
Madison, WI 53707-7841
(608) 266-3390 or (800) 441-4563
state.superintendent@dpi.state.wi.us



Governor Jim Doyle
115 East State Capitol,
Madison, WI 53702
(608) 266-1212
http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/contact.asp



Find your local school information on the Department of Public Instruction's website: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/cgi-bin/schldist.cgi

Written by Michelle Nightoak

GREAT SITE WITH MORE INFORMATION FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT!!! For more campaigns about Military action in schools, as well as the Military influence thru the No Child Left Behind Act, click here.