Thursday, May 26, 2005

Don't Call Us, We'll Call You!!!

Leave my child alone!

according to Sojourner Magazine:

"In the small print of the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act, there is a clause that requires public high schools to provide the names, addresses, and home phone numbers of their students to the military. Unless families know about and are able to opt out of this clause, their children's personal information will be provided to recruiters. Last week, military recruiting was suspended for a day as recruiters received a much-needed ethics training. This followed allegations that recruiters have used deceptive and intimidating tactics - in one case, threatening a potential enlistee with arrest for backing out when he had the legal right to do so. But who will provide an ethics training for our lawmakers?"

WAR ON TERROR? Maybe we need one here at home and it'll go something like this, "Oh hi Mr./Ms. Recruiter. Please take my child off your list and don't call back- we'll call you if we're interested. Or perhaps, "Oh hi Mr/Ms Congressman. I don't like the thought of my family's name going on a list for the military, or any other government agency for that matter, without my knowledge. Will you support a bill that blocks this from happening? Oh pretty please...?"

Here's an interesting part of the No Child Left Behind policy:
(c) EXCEPTION- The requirements of this section do not apply to a private secondary school that maintains a religious objection to service in the Armed Forces if the objection is verifiable through the corporate or other organizational documents or materials of that school.

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check out the actual clause.

1 comment:

gavin richardson said...

let us be mad at the lawmakers for that one. how day they sneak a clause into something that is supposed to benefit the education of our children. the recruiters generally have the worst job in the military & who wants to have to keep quotas when it comes to citizens lives.