Frisco dumps JROTC

San Francisco’s school board voted to eliminate Junior ROTC. “We need to teach a curriculum of peace,” said a former teacher quoted by the SF Chronicle.

Opponents said the armed forces should have no place in public schools, and the military’s discriminatory stance on gays makes the presence of JROTC unacceptable.

. . . Opponents acknowledged the program is popular and even helps some students stay in school and out of trouble.

Yet they also said the program exists to lure students to sign up for the armed forces.

Board members said the district would develop an alternative, but there’s no funding to do more than hire PE teachers for the 1,600 students who’ve earned PE credits through JROTC. Teenagers seeking male role models or a safe, orderly place to be will be out of luck.

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  1. I guess it doesn’t matter that JROTC accepts gay students.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Frisco it is!!!

  3. Robert Wright says:

    Hm. This is interesting.

    I think a military education can have real value.

    But it’s too bad that our military likes to invade other countries.

  4. Robert, our military does what its civilian leadership tells it to do. End of story. I doubt you’ll find many US military personnel who actually LIKE going into harm’s way.

  5. Richard Nieporent says:

    I guess the Left isn’t always pro-choice.

  6. Wayne Martin says:

    > But it’s too bad that our military likes
    > to invade other countries.

    I was in the Army for a couple of years. The training never encouraged us to “want to invade other countries”. We were trained to be ready to do what we were told, but most of the training focused on being READY to do what had to be done (for combat to country building).

  7. When you have politicians who put their own politics ahead of the good of those they represent, they absolutely cannot have program that teaches honor, integrity, and real leadership around. Someone might unmask them for who they really are.

    The sad thing is, regarding the homo- and bisexual students, when I was in JROTC, it was the place the always felt *safest*. I guess it’s because they were treated as whole people there where the rest of the school liked to remind them of the fact that they were different by “celebrating” it.

  8. Trouble is, politicians who put their own politics ahead of the good of those they represent work hard to look exactly like politicians who don’t put their own politics ahead of the good of those they represent and, even more importantly, ahead of the wishes of those they represent.

    Besides, this isn’t politics, it’s posturing. The notion that the shutting down of JROTC will move the nation in the direction preferred by those who did the shutting down is as nonsensical, and self-aggrandizing, as the notion that denying small boys toy guns will cause us, one and all, to become as high-minded and noble as those who enact the prohibition.

  9. Allen –

    Here in the SF Bay, we don’t have any politicians who don’t put their politics first. Here, politics is a way of controlling other people’s lives, and the people who get elected seek to make the citizenry more like themselves. It’s sad and it’s a pathetic mutation of the ideals of personal liberty this country was founded on.

  10. Jack Tanner says:

    It must be pretty hard to say you support the military and then try to shut it down at the same time. Or maybe they don’t really support it so much.

  11. Is it just me, or does this girl have one of those faces you just want to slap the knows-best-for-you smug off of?

  12. Robert Wright says:

    Yes, I guess you’re right. It’s not our military that likes to invade other countries.