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Who is Talking to Your Child at School?

From Whatcom Peace and Justice Center

Some members of Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) are in Washington to support Lt. Watada as his court martial date nears. WPJC is hosting 2-3 Iraq veterans next week on Tuesday, January 16th, at 7pm at the center, 100 E. Maple Street, for a presentation.

They would like to speak to a high school classroom that afternoon. If you are a HS (or Jr. High) teacher, please contact Marie at (360) 734-0217 to schedule them to visit your classroom Tuesday. This is an amazing opportunities for youth to hear about the experiences of Iraq vets. Thank you.

Can a junior high or high school teacher accommodate their request? Why not? They say it is “an amazing opportunity” But how amazing is it?

Iraq Veterans Against the War

IVAW supports war resisters and conscientious objectors. Learn more about service men and women who are presently refusing to participate in the occupation of Iraq.

Counter Recruitment (CR) takes many different forms. Often times it means that people set up tables in high schools to pass out flyers and talk to students about the military and their options. Other activities include: Opt-out campaigns, organizing against JROTC programs, protesting at recruiting stations and providing information about alternatives to the military.

Sounds amazingly anti-US. Are kids in junior high or even high school ready to make decisions about the validity of information presented by a teacher’s guest?  Is subjecting our kids to propaganda by the WPJC and IVAW a decision that is left solely to the teacher? Don’t they need approval, or can they really do it on their own volition?

BELLINGHAM SCHOOL DISTRICT 501, ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
NON-STUDENT VISITORS TO DISTRICT SCHOOLS – 4311P

Visitors whose purpose is to influence or solicit students shall not be permitted on the school grounds. Higher education, employer representatives and military recruiters will be provided opportunities to meet with students through the arrangement of the appropriate building administration.

Oh, I guess I was momentarily alarmed over nothing. I’m sure that all the teachers will disregard this request or insist that the request follow proper procedures.

Come to think of it, it might not be a bad idea for someone to remind the school district of this procedure before Tuesday.

2 Comments

  1. So why the hell should we allow recruiters in schools, wally? I am offended. I run the alternatives program in all the county schools for the WPJC and are you accusing me of being anti-american?

    What exactly are you calling propaganda? Me? or my views?

    the AMS program and Truth in Recruiting are on an equal-access basis with the recruiters; because kids cannot afford to sign up for the military not knowing what they are doing.

    Take it back Wally. It is not propaganda and you are pushing it here.

  2. IVAW supports war resisters and conscientious objectors. Learn more about service men and women who are presently refusing to participate in the occupation of Iraq.

    You make think this is pro-US, I still think supporting those who are AWOL or refuse to deploy is anti-US. Providing information in support of those illegal actions is where propaganda comes in to play.

    Recruiters should be allowed in public schools because they offer a proven post high school carrier path. And while I disagree with your message, I don’t disagree with your want, nor your right to present accurate information to students who might consider joining the military.

    However, you may want to reread this post for it’s main message which is that if you or anyone else want to go on school grounds “to influence or solicit students” then they need to arrange it through “appropriate building administrations” not with appeals directly to “HS (or Jr. High) teacher.”

    As a parent, how will you know who is talking to your child at school if individual teachers rather than administrators are calling the shots?

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