What single High School activity today is responsible for dramatically changing the lives of so many? Where are HS students learning valuable lessons in leadership, integrity, honesty, commitment, citizenship, and respect? And where are instructors using dynamic methods of teaching, focusing on the way students learn and applying those skills in and out of the classroom? The answer? Army Junior ROTC! “JROTC is not about joining the military! It’s about doing your best!”
JROTC classes are often taught by military retirees with no college education. Army regulations require that JROTC instructors, “have writing and verbal skills appropriate for the academic environment.”
Meanwhile, classroom teachers in almost every state must be certified and hold a Masters’ after a few years. The history is telling. In 2006 the Army began to require 2 years of college for JROTC instructors. By 2015, the Army relaxed its qualifications for classroom instructors because they couldn’t find enough soldiers seeking to fill an Army Instructor position in the high school JROTC.
From a Maryland high school teacher: “Well I’ll be damned. I am a state-certified Maryland Social Studies Teacher with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Social Studies, 6-12. That means I have an MA in my discipline, Government & Politics, and I have completed a 52-credit hour undergraduate program in teacher education. Every five years I must take 6 highly structured and disciplined credit hours to renew my license. Usually, courses deal with reading disabilities, accommodating special education students in the mainstream classroom, etc. Teaching is an honorable vocation. Why should a JROTC instructor, with no college, be accorded the same responsibilities, benefits, pay, respect, etc. than me? It’s outrageous. Where are the unions?
JROTC textbooks teach a reactionary brand of U.S. history and government. We invaded Cuba in 1898 because US citizens were threatened and the Cubans were being treated badly by the Spanish. As a result of the Spanish-American War, it became clear that the U.S. must have a two-ocean navy. In the Philippines, the text states the Marines lost 10 men but fails to mention that 600,000 Filipino lives were lost. In Haiti & D.R., the Marines invaded to help control bandits.
“Keep the conversation light. Small talk includes casual, unofficial, interesting things in everyday life; such as the weather, music, upcoming events, movies, or sports. Keep topics of conversation safe and non-controversial. Avoid discussions about religion, race or politics, or any controversial issue.”
P. 332, Junior-year text – The discussion, based on a faulty history, legitimizes Truman’s decision to bomb Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
See P. 150 – Unit 6 – “You the People.” In the Sophomore Text “The whole point of having tranquility, justice, and defense was to promote the general welfare–to allow every state and every citizen of those states to benefit from what the government could provide. The framers looked forward to the expansion of land holdings, industry, and investment, and they knew that a strong national government would be the beginning of that. Note: Welfare in today’s context also means organized efforts on the part of public or private organizations to benefit the poor, or simply public assistance. This is not the meaning of the word as used in the Constitution.”
1st Amendment - if a person's words present a clear and present danger that they will create substantive evils Congress has a right to prevent the speech. 2nd This amendment prevents the government from forbidding citizens to own weapons. 4th The 4th Amendment is a part of every workday for police agencies, courts, and lawyers. 8th If you have followed Supreme Court cases involving the death penalty, you know that the concept of “cruel and unusual punishment" changes over time.”
Nuclear weapons, Junior text, P 259:
“The United States and its allies are required to maintain strong deterrent capabilities in order to try to discourage any aggressive use of chemical, biological, and radiological or nuclear weapons in the future.”
Students should never be placed in JROTC classes without parental consent.