Monday, September 24, 2007

Churchill Parents Oppose Military Recruiters

I am curious about why Churchill High School parents are so against the military. Don’t they realize that without the military the first place terrorists would go to kill Americans is Potomac? Terrorists hate decadent and rich Americans. If you want to kill rich Americans, Potomac would be excellent place to start. Terrorists usually want to kill the lawyers, business leaders, etc. Potomac is chock full of these types. Gee the world trade center was full of high income folks who lived in the Potomacs of Connecticut and New Jersey. Seems if I lived in Potomac and I would be thankful for the military. Why blame the military for foreign policy mistakes? The U.S. Military is one of the few that has never staged a government takeover. Let’s be nice to them.

Less than one per cent of Churchill grads even enter the military, so why the big concern? One of the protesters said they wanted to make a point to the school system, the military and the students. He also said he did not like “recruitment” in the schools. Funny, Churchill loves gay recruitment by its Gay Student Alliance Club, but is bitter against the military. At least you can go into and out of the Military. Once you change your sex (as touted by MCPS) its very hard to change back. Isn’t this a double standard? Where is the tolerance?

The protester also said that Churchill kids will go to Brown or Cornell and virtually none into the military. Churchill kids don’t need money to go to college so the military is not necessary to accomplish their goals.

This brings me to another story last week. Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) in partnership with the University Of Connecticut Department Of Public Policy (UConnDPP) administered a test of basic historical and civic knowledge to 14,000 students at 50 top schools, including Cornell and Brown. The survey found that students “were no better off than when they arrived in terms of acquiring the knowledge necessary for informed engagement in a democratic republic and global economy.” Ivy League students were found to know less as seniors than as freshmen.

“There was no relationship between the cost of attending college and the mastery of America’s history, politics, and economy,” according to the study. Ivy League students were among the worst performers. Maybe a different protest is in order. Like one for a refund by parents of students at Cornell and Brown.

Here are three of the questions posed. See if your child can answer them. No cheating please.

1. Which battle brought an end to the American Revolution? (a) Saratoga, (b) Gettysburg, © the Alamo, (d) Yorktown, (e) New Orleans?

2. The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution (1964) was significant because it: (a) ended the war in Korea, (b) gave President Johnson the authority to expand the scope of the Vietnam War, © was an attempt to take foreign policy power away from the president, (d) allowed China to become a member of the United Nations, or (e) allowed for oil exploration in Southeast Asia.

3. Which of the following is the best measure of production or output of an economy (a) gross national product, (b) Consumer Price Index, © unemployment rate, (d) prime rate, (e) exchange rate?

These are not hard questions. Maybe we need to focus more on teaching our children information that will be useful than instilling our personal politics. I hope you think about this.