UC-Santa Cruz students disrupted a campus job fair that included military recruiters. According to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, more than 200 student anti-war protesters stormed the Stevenson Event Center, “shouting and banging on windows and demanding that military recruiters in the corner of the room leave.”
The noisy sit-in ended after an hour of chaos and tension when military representatives vacated their posts. Student protesters hugged each other happily after administrators allowed them to hand out information on alternatives to military careers and agreed to a meeting to discuss future job fairs.
The protesters got exactly what they wanted.
At the high school level, students are choosing public military schools, reports the New York Times.
The academy is part of a growing trend, in Philadelphia and other cities, of military schools that are part of the public school system, most of them in low-income areas with black and Hispanic residents. Two more public military academies are scheduled to open in Philadelphia in the next two school years, and student interest is already overwhelming. According to Col. Russell Gallagher, director of Philadelphia’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, some 2,000 applicants have applied for 125 spots for September in the city military academies.
Chicago now has three public Army-oriented high schools with more than 1,600 students, and officials plan to open a public naval academy in September. The city also has eight military academies within regular high schools.
I think the Times is right in saying parents and students are seeking “an orderly, safe academic environment.”