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Your opinion on school choice?

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  • Independent
    California
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    What is your opinion on school choice? I chose to attend a high school outside my boundary because the high school in my area did not have an AFJROTC program. I loved the AFJROTC program. I feel it has helped me become a better person and has given me amazing opportunities. I got a chance to be in a C-130 simulator. Summer Leadership School was fun. I really enjoyed rappelling and learning first aid from a US Army medic. But the most memorable moment was getting a chance to ride in my Senior Aerospace Science Instructor's Cessna for earning a cadet of the month award. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything else? Why are people opposed to school choice? I wish they would listen to the other side of the argument. Why is JROTC almost nonexistent in the wealthier school districts? There has to be some rich kids who think military aviation is cool.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    JROTC cost money. Money that the Armed Forces have to spend. Also, JROTC is also used as a recruitment tool for the military. Therefore, it's not unreasonable for the military to want a return on their investment. They then focus their JROTC funds towards lower income school districts because, demographically, the lower income school districts yield a disproportionate amount of new recruits.

    As for the school choice... it seems like you took two different topics and just tried to shoe horn them together, but providing a choice could cause a lot of issues. Under populating some schools while overloading other schools. Then there is cost. It would cost the state a lot of money to bus individual students to public schools that are farther away. If we shift that burden on the families that chose a different school, then it would harder for the less wealthy families to take advantage of the choice. And, statistically speaking, if a family is wealthy, then it is already living near the school district they want to be attending. So it doesn't seem like it would be very effective.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    AFCadetBravo Wrote: What is your opinion on school choice? I chose to attend a high school outside my boundary because the high school in my area did not have an AFJROTC program. I loved the AFJROTC program. I feel it has helped me become a better person and has given me amazing opportunities. I got a chance to be in a C-130 simulator. Summer Leadership School was fun. I really enjoyed rappelling and learning first aid from a US Army medic. But the most memorable moment was getting a chance to ride in my Senior Aerospace Science Instructor's Cessna for earning a cadet of the month award. I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything else? Why are people opposed to school choice? I wish they would listen to the other side of the argument. Why is JROTC almost nonexistent in the wealthier school districts? There has to be some rich kids who think military aviation is cool.
    The answer to your question is obvious, although most don't want to admit it. Most people who reside in wealthier school districts are worldly (smart) enough to understand the military and ROTC, in particularly, is nothing more than a source for cannon foder to support the military war profiteers. How many members of Congress, governors, presidents, or the wealthy have served in the military? Not many! The biggest war mongers and supporters of the military are the very people who would never ever consider joining it or allowing their children to.

    A prime example would be George Bush, jr. He Joined the Air Force reserves to get out of Vietnam Nam service then after basic training sorta just disappeared (with the help of daddy and his connected friends) never to be seen again on the runway.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    AFCadetBravo, Your an inspiration for all who witness your meeting the challenges of our society. Don't believe anything that PGR has responded with objecting to your desire to capture an opportunity for training. The military programs in our schools do offer you an incredible opportunity to build character, become a successful leader, and learn skills that no other program may offer in your school. I have to inform you that the Air Cadet programs are excellent and provide you with aviation education, especially if you go to your local airport and join a chapter of the Young Eagles Program. The FAA helps with funding along with the National Pilots Association. If you haven't heard there is a growing shortage of pilots broadcasted in the media. Of course, the military offers the best aviation training that no other school can offer. Since I'm ex-Navy, I'm partial to Navy and Marine pilots that learn how to land on a postage stamp (carrier) at sea. Air Force and Army pilots think Navy pilots are crazy for landing on carriers at sea.

    One of the reasons that some schools, do not have ROTC or military programs is that the Administrators just haven't offered. If you were to ask someone in the military near these schools they may inform you that nobody has taken the task to teach young men such as yourself. I suggest you go to your next PTA meeting and get your question tabled for the forum to discuss. It would be a great way to learn some politics and how politicians react. Take it as a teachable moment about politics. This is how you address your questions on freedoms and inquire about changes or improvements to the educational system. Stand your ground, because there will always be someone like PGR telling you to sit down. You are so right to object to anybody denying your right on school choice. Go for it all!
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    "Might makes right" and "God bless the USA" - it's the American way.

    Unfortunately, the true heros of the world are not in the military, however!
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Not for nothing ,if it wasn't for the military we would not be discussing this issue now, anyway I like school choice because of the magic word "Choice", although some of the times that word gets distorted to mean something else entirely by the politicians, if schools take federal money then it comes at a cost, let the students decide if they want the program in their school ,if there is little or no participation in the program it will go away on its own, if any one who has ever been a parent of a teenager should know, as soon as you say they can't have something ,that becomes the very thing that they not only need but they will demand it.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    I've got the feeling that a certain "group" of people want to elbow their way into the school system and keep it that way; indeed this would resurrect the Hitler Jugend model. Here in FL there is going to be a "push" from the Republican side to implement that teachers should carry guns in the classroom; are we going nuts or something? Where are the brains in this country? Of course we as taxpayers probably have to "feed" this bill, because they of course want the most shiny and most powerfull guns as well holsters to show off their military training background; why not have them teachers wear as well military uniforms with a million stripes and badges and do not forget the American flag (at least 10 of them per uniform) Wow what a country!!!
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    There already is a "group" that has infiltrated the schools with an agenda, and that is "Common Core", this one is as radical as the other group.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    The 'Common Core' approach is absurd. My girl is an absolutely amazing teacher, and her incredible abilities to teach these 3rd graders (VITAL point in there learning career!) is being held back by this. She is applauded by all of her school's district leaders, but is held back by her Principle (boss) to follow this worthless program. Her and her "team" have to sit down every week and tell each other how to exactly how and what they are going to teach that week down to a T. Why do our schools want "cookie cutter" teachers?
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    For patriotism & military pre-training, I guess ROTC still exists, & the Civil Air Patrol used to train teenagers, even though it was evenings, after school & on week-ends. I think CAP was a good place to meet Air Force people & experience a lot of what military service would be like. We learned airflight navigation & propulsion engines & had to buy an AF uniform, & march in formation, wearing high heels in the mud. (ha) "GI beans & GI gravy, Gee I wish I'd joined the Navy" -- one of those jingles you sing as you stumble along. -- I got to pilot a small plane (single engine Beachcraft Bonanza) for a 1/2 hour, one day, & that was quite a thrill since I was only 16 (approx) & did not even have a driver's license yet.

    There are often private places that teach you to fly, like a few terrorists found when they came here & learned how to take off, but did not know how to land. (ahem) AVOID THOSE KIND: ) I just heard about Common Core a couple of days ago, & the most educated parents were the ones really upset about it. (kind of a clue). They said it would "dumb our kids down" -- so I guess that they had hired Ann Coulter as Cmdr in Chief over the Education Dept? It boggles the mind.

    Now Guns in the classroom. That should be a no-brainer. If you let a lot of hyperactive kids loose in a crowded room with 3 dozen guns, WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? Teaching kids how to play "nurse" as their fellow students bite the dust, & other kids to play "count the bullets" as they scramble around on the floor, under the desks, & into bloody pools everywhere. A good way to prepare them for their future.

    Hi PGR: Some very good points you made. We need better methods of creating a rational logical planet that works for "peace" for all mankind.
  • Liberal
    Other Party
    Llos Angeles, CA
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    Thee feds by law offer an education.....doesn't have to be an effective education......we pay for schools,...so if a kid wants to pick his academia....sure....why not