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October 13, 2011 10:35 PM Subscribe
What should I do about an aspiring Marine in my class who keeps encouraging others to join the service?
posted by JimmyJames to Education (39 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A young man in one of my classes has decided that he want's to join the marines. I'm glad he's found something he's passionate about. He sports a crew cut, calls teachers "sir" and brings his lunch to school in an old MRE bag. He sometimes stands at attention for a whole lunch period, a little odd but hey the kid has found something that gives him identity and strength.
This was all well and good but now he's bringing literature and contact information for recruiters into my classroom and encouraging students to enlist. THis makes me super uncomfortable, knowing first hand how predatory and dishonest recruiters can be. A friend of mine put my name on a card on their booth when I was in highschool, they came to my door a half dozen times, called endlessly and told me all kinds of implausible lies.
I understand the military can be the answer for many people, but honestly I'm teaching at this school because I want my low-income and minority students to have opportunities beyond trade schools and the service. In fact, our schools mission is to get low-income minority students into college. He keeps saying things like the military is the only way to pay for college without loans, and other things I know the recruiters are telling him.
So, is there anything I can do besides telling him that I'm uncomfortable having him proselytize inside my classroom or is this something I just have to politely disagree with?