Where is this world you might ask?
Some fictional Orwellian world?
Nope. Try San Francisco.
Last night, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to eliminate the Junior ROTC, an institution that had active in San Francisco schools for nearly a century. 1,600 students in San Francisco are active in the program, and have been effectively told by the San Francisco School Board to buzz off. According to the Board, the military had no place in the schools and the action was also a stand against the military stance on gays.
Politics at work in the public school system, with no regard to the impact on kids. Instead of listening to them, they listen to this idiot,
"We don't want the military ruining our civilian institutions," said Sandra Schwartz of the American Friends Service Committee, an organization actively opposing JROTC nationwide. "In a healthy democracy ... you contain the military. You must contain the military."
Contain the military. As if the United States Army is invading San Francisco high schools and telling them to do drugs, join a gang, and kill the Navy. We are talking about over a thousand students that were told that 4 people's dumb ass political ideas are more important than giving them a sense of structure in their life. And no, don't come at me with the, "Wow, you love everything the military does?" bullshit. You watch the damn video of those hundreds of cadets that protested to keep the program and tell me that it wasn't doing some good.
Congrats to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for stepping up and calling the whole ordeal a disgrace, because it is.
Oh, want the ultimate kicker?
On other matters, the board introduced a resolution that makes race a factor in deciding what school a child will attend starting with the 2008-09 school year. No action was taken.
Check out the San Francisco Chronicle for the full story.