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.