Making Soliders in the Public Schools: An Analysis of the Army Jrotc Curriculum
DIANE Publishing, 1995 - 40 pages
Report examines the JROTC program's history, consideration of its distribution and relation to military manpower needs, and an analysis of its curriculum. Focuses on 2 ways to analyze the JROTC program: 1) Should the program be in the public schools and basically does it produce the educational results it claims; and 2) Should the public schools be used for the benefit of organizations like the military whose goals are not those accepted as the primary goals of public education in a democracy.
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I'm very disappointed in the company that decided to publish this. It is disgusting how some people can get away with writing these books that have little to, in this case, no research behind them. The JROTC program is a (as far as I know), optional program that you can chose to drop at any time, but why you would like to do that, I just don't know. The JROTC teaches how to be a leader towards those who need leadership in their life, discipline and respect for those who don't know how to do such a thing, and most of all, understanding and sympathy towards those who are different! I also learned how to lead, balance a checkbook, and got over social anxiety thanks to my AI and SAI's help, more useful skills then the other "useful" subjects of my classes put together.
-Cadet Staff Sargent Garrett Cassese, Sussex Technical Raven Battalion, Georgetown Delaware.
This book is very one-sided. The author does not give very much information which is a shame. Had she bothered to research JROTC, she would probably have a far better opinion of it. I wish the JROTC program was available to me when I was in high school. I did earn a military scholarship and served in the United States Air Force. My daughter is in Army JROTC. It is a wonderful program. It teaches self discipline and time management skills among other things. The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility is being presented in every JROTC classroom. It also gives the kids a sense of self worth.
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