posted on Jan, 5 2011 @ 07:48 PM
I too, like a small minority in the thread, fail to see any real danger or downside to this. Do you guys really have any idea how many students at 17
and 18 have no idea what they want to do?
I teach High School students in the public school system. Specifically, juniors and seniors. Now, I do things more modern than some of my peers and I
spend much more time focusing on higher education and sharing the importance of having some form of education beyond K-12 to stay job competitive. I
walk my students through college applications, help them fill out scholarships, help them find scholarships that they have the best potential for
receiving. Now, that being said I have students who college is not for them. Trade school is not for them. And I love them all the same regardless. My
students that want to go military? I try everything in my power to have them do it via ROTC or after college so they can enter as an officer and
receive the better perks that way.
However, the Army is not the "we'll accept any reject or misfit that wants in" romanticized and out-dated entity is seems like many on this thread
picture it to be. To be accepted and to actually be anything in the Army, you need to have something you can offer. The system is not perfect, and
airheads still slip through. But Joe Clown and his posse of slackers can't join as a back up plan as readily as in the past.
When my students take the ASVAB, which is mandatory for all seniors where I teach as well, the data is used to help our lower achieving students or
our students that we are still trying to help find direction. The army doesn't force us to make our kids take it. US troops aren't these evil
gun-wielding buffoons some on this board will like you to believe. After the test, we can sit down with these students and hash out a plan. As an
educator, I always want what is best for my kids, and I am sorry, but there is no draft-indocrination or silly "TPTB" junk within any of this.
The people that will cry wolf at this are the same that will cry wolf if we as educators just sat idly by and did nothing. Once again, I can assure
you, the military doesn't force us to give our kids the test. The only harm this test does to your children and the youth of this nation is give them
And to be blunt, if you are one that is against giving our children options, lord bless I never teach your child because they will come home with open
eyes and a mind that will finally be able to think for itself.