Plans to locate a naval academy in an underused Chicago high school are drawing protests. Some don’t want to give up the space. Others just don’t want students to have a military option. Education Week reports:
“You cannot tell me that when we are in the middle of a war, that this doesn’t play right into the military’s plan to draft kids without a draft,” said Laurie Hasbrook, a pacifist whose two young children attend a Roman Catholic school nearby.
I guess she means the military’s plan to persuade young people to enlist.
Some activists perceive racial undertones in the district’s plan, noting that three-quarters of Senn’s students are members of racial or ethnic minority groups, and that half are from families of recent immigrants.
Currently, 60 percent of students in the Senn High area don’t go to the school. District officials hope the naval academy will attract more local students.
Of 900 cadets who graduated from Chicago’s military programs last year, 71 percent went on to college. While 18 percent plan to join the military, only half that number have enlisted in active-duty units.