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public schools aren't all bad

Some schools are intdoctrinating their students into the anti-war brigade; some universities even offer symposiums on how to protest. There are public schools that encourage the students to hold rallies and teach the kids - some of them as young as ten - that Bush is Evil. And of course there are always the parents who, in the abscence of school indoctrination, will force their children to adopt their way of thinking.

Natalie came home from school Friday and said they finally talked about the Iraq situation in class. I was almost afraid to hear about it.

How refreshing it was to read the notice she brought home.

Not only is the school collecting items - toiletries, stationery, etc. - for the soldiers (they will be sent over with a teacher's brother who is being deployed at the end of the month), but the whole student body and the teachers are taking part in an adopt-a-platoon effort.

The notice encouraged parents to get involved as well and closed with a reminder that no matter how we may feel about the situation, it is always important to support our troops.

No preaching, no sermonizing, no overt allegiance to either side. Just a nice gesture to remember that while we are over here arguing back and forth about the war, there are people putting their lives on the line while we bicker like children.

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Michele, do you know of any good resource that tells how we can support our troops? Like how to send mail to platoons, etc?

This restores my faith in the public school system. I remember being in first grade, and Carter and Reagan were competing for the presidency, and my teacher held a mock election so that we could feel like we were part of the vote. For those of us whose parents had not bashed into our heads which candidate was better, the teacher taught us the word "incumbent" and urged us to vote for him. Heh. Hence, that's my memory and continuing perception of politics in schools.

I applaud Natalie's school's approach at caring for their fellow man -- this is the best example of activism I've ever heard!

One thing that just drives me nuts...No matter how much you might hate Bush, never ever forget that there are underpaid, overworked soldiers sitting in a fucking desert ensuring that we continue to have the right to bitch and whine about the war they are fighting on our behalf.

And of course there are always the parents who, in the abscence of school indoctrination, will force their children to adopt their way of thinking.

Isn't that how religion usually works?

Hi Michelle,

During the Gulf War, ours was a platoon that was adopted by a third grade class in North Carolina. SGT Scott, who later died in the mine clearing incident at the As Salman Airfield in Iraq, had set up the program when he was home on Emergency Leave. It raised everyones spirits to get the letters from the kids. We sent back some pictures of the desert, and some touristy type items for the kids. I don't know who is doing something like this now, but calling the US Army Public Affairs Office would probably work. I think if you go to www.army.mil, they will probably help.

Sapper Mike

I work for the Navy, and I can tell you firsthand that this kind of thing is something these folks just love. Bravo to that teacher.

I just sent Ms. Horner the link to your post with the captured Flashmedia from Dissident Frogman. I hope she pukes.

This is some of the best news about a school I have heard in along time. I had to rub my eyes and read it again before I could comprehend it actually happening.

I have heard some suggestions for things to be sent over: Soy sauce, Tabasco sauce, Mrs.Dash, garlic powder, basically any type of seasoning. An army marches on its stomach, and eating MRE's on a daily basis will kill your taste buds. They are better than previous rations but they are still only basic nutrition dressed up.
Oh yeah, and AA batteries. Gameboy's and CD Walkmen help keep the boredom away.

Whether they like the war or not, these guys deserve our support. It didn't matter who sent them there or why, the fact is that they have orders that are to be followed.

Whether they like the war or not, these soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines deserve our support. It didn't matter who sent them there or why, the fact is that they have orders that are to be followed.