Promoting military service to middle-school students is controversial: Cobblestone, a history magazine aimed at 9- to 14-year-olds, is taking flak for an issue dedicated to the Army. The Boston Globe reports:
Titled “Duty, Honor, Country,” the issue depicts a soldier in Iraq manning a machine gun on its glossy cover and includes articles ranging from what it’s like to go through boot camp — “You’re in the Army Now” — to a rundown of the Army’s “awesome arsenal,” to a detailed description of Army career opportunities.
Two guides for teachers suggest inviting a soldier, recruiter or veteran to speak to the class, asking whether students think they might want to enlist some day and interviewing family members who’ve served in the military.
Teachers are free to dump the magazine or ignore the guides, of course. I wouldn’t ask a recruiter to pitch middle schoolers, and I think few teachers would spend days going over military occupational specialties, but why is it so bad to invite a soldier or veteran?