Not Saussure

December 4, 2006

Army targeting poorer schools?

Filed under: Education — notsaussure @ 9:01 am

Another of the many things I don’t quite understand. Apparently

The army is targeting schools in some of the poorest areas of Wales to find new recruits, Plaid Cymru has claimed.

It said figures show regional variations in recruitment officers’ visits and has asked the Welsh Assembly Government to ban them from schools.

The Army say, and the Welsh Assembly Government agree, that they only go to schools by invitation.

But unless you’re a pacifist, which is a perfectly principled position, though it’s neither mine nor, I think, that of Plaid Cymru, what’s the objection to the Army following what it considers its most effective recruiting strategy? If it knows that visiting one school will likely yield 10 inquiries and another school will only result in 2, then it makes sense to concentrate on the first school, I’d have thought.

Is it that Plaid Cymru think children from poor backgrounds, and their parents, are too dim to understand the implications of an Army career and need to be protected from risks, such as being sent to Iraq or Afghanistan, that are obvious to the more affluent, or what?

Plaid AM Leanne Wood says

“I believe that young people in Wales should not be subjected to armed forces propaganda.”

Why is it that it’s always propaganda when it’s something of which you don’t approve, and that young people are always thought to be particularly susceptible to it? They’re subjected in schools, after all, to a constant barrage of propaganda in favour of such things as doing their Maths homework but the complaint then is that it’s not particularly effective.

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  1. “They’re subjected in schools, after all, to a constant barrage of propaganda in favour of such things as doing their Maths homework”.

    If only, from what I hear of contemporary schooling!

    Comment by David Duff — December 4, 2006 @ 3:57 pm

  2. Most of Plaid Cymru are pacifists, its just that they would never say it publically.

    Comment by Planeshift — December 4, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

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