He’s been condemning schools for years now…
During Vietnam the efforts on campuses to shut down ROTC programs were tremendously successful, a number of prominent schools are still without ROTC because of those efforts.
JROTC programs in high schools cost over $70,000 a year, and they’re expanding into new schools every year. These are the same schools where art, music and even gym classes are cut because of there’s no federal funding because it’s all gone to war.
Just like the presence of military recruiters increase in the schools of poor and people of color communities, so do JROTC programs. JROTC students aren’t more likely to go to college than their peers, but they are more likely to enter into the military when they graduate and are less likely to be promoted throughout their careers.
Our schools are a place for learning, not for militarizing youth. We need to reclaim our hallways and resources to teach and learn peace and justice.
Take action and challenge ROTC and JROTC programs in your school.
We condemn war, not schools, King George.