Starting in February 2015, Regina high schools, both public and Catholic, will be offering a military training program to grade 11 and 12 students. The program is likely to be introduced into other Saskatchewan municipalities, since it has the backing of the provincial government.
- Students will earn 2 credits for taking the course.
- They will also be paid $2,000.
The course, which will be offered at the Armouries Building, is the only course on the curriculum that students will be paid to take.
9 QUESTIONS TO REFLECT ON
- According to Col Ross Ermel, the goal of the program is to “revitalize the reserves.” Should we be turning our high schools into military recruitment centres?
- The program includes instruction in weapons handling. Is this what we want our young people to learn in school?
- Whose interests are we serving by welcoming the military into our schools? Over 160 Canadians lost their lives in Afghanistan. Many more are now struggling to cope with physical and mental injuries.
- Is the army training program compatible with the UN’s view of education as enabling “individuals to learn to live together in a world characterized by diversity and pluralism”?
- Students will be paid $2,000 to take the program. Is the program targeting students from low-income families?
- Wouldn’t it be better for society if students were paid $2,000 to take Math or English or Biology?
- What’s the difference between the army training program and the use of child soldiers?
- Shouldn’t we be encouraging students to resolve conflicts non-violently? War is a calamity and a catastrophe.
- How about a high school course for credit in Peace Studies?
PETITION: NO MILITARY TRAINING IN SASKATCHEWAN HIGH SCHOOLS
If you live in Saskatchewan, download the petition and collect signatures: https://www.facebook.com/PeaceQuestRegina