DID YOU KNOW… that the infernal No Child Left Behind Act has a sneaky Pete section requiring high schools to turn over student information to military recruiters?

  1. SIGN ON as a citizen co-sponsor of the Student Privacy Protection Act.
  2. OPT OUT your own child, or learn how the process works so you can tell your friends.
  3. PLAN A SCHOOL BOARD OUTING to encourage optimum Opt Out policy locally.
  4.  HOST a Leave My Child Alone letter-writing event, or write letters on your own.
  5. SEND an email to friends and family telling them how to Opt Out.

YIKES. What do we do? Any way you look at it, this is a family privacy nightmare, another strong-arming of our local schools, and a creepy warm-up to the Draft. However, it’s also a great excuse to get together in action again.

So whether you’re a parent, neighbor, student, or just another adamant American concerned about privacy rights, look for an action to your liking below, and JOIN US.

Traitors! Your children should be happy to die for the glory of Dubya!

Yeah, it’s been like living in Nazi Germany, my kids have gotten a couple of letters in the mail with brochures advertising careers in the military and ROTC scholarships. My wife was in tears, but I had to be a man and keep a strong front. As my kids looked at them and said “whatever” in that teen style and threw them in the trash while they fought over the $5 coupon for Blockbuster.

The abstinence-only approach! :lol:

you have been godwinized. BOO this man!!!

anyway i really dont like that part either. id rather my child not have to listen to someone try and buy his life for the price of a few semesters in college.

This government plan to put your child into the Bush Youth is SO insidious, SO totalitarian, SO HORRYIFYING that you can actually OPT OUT!



Obligatory :roll:

You ever try to “opt out” of spam? It works something like that.

Hey, if I go to school in the US, can I get a Bush Youth Knife too?

you have been godwinized. BOO this man!!!

anyway i really dont like that part either. id rather my child not have to listen to someone try and buy his life for the price of a few semesters in college.[/quote]

Hell, my kids have all kinds of people trying to buy their lives for a price. When you’re getting out of high school all kinds of people want to sign you up for all manner of things. And my oldest got calls from the Guard and mail on ROTC and military careers, before the new policy came into play.

With everything going on this really is looking for something to be upset about. The ads on TV are more intrusive than any mail you get because some recruiter has a database. Which frankly isn’t that hard to get anyway, as my kids mails show. No recruiters are coming to your home or grabbing your kids out of the mall.

It’s been a while, but I remember having to register with the Selective Service when I was 18. Isn’t that still going on? Even then, it’s not like my existence was a secret to the government. I received my SSN at age 12 and my parents had claimed me as a dependent on their tax returns as soon as they were able. So it’s not like the military didn’t know where to find me if they wanted me.

Is there something specific schools are giving to recruiters besides student name and addresses? Personality profiles, GPAs, detention records - something along those lines? Because as much as I despise the way our government’s been working recently, I can’t get too worked up about this one.

Nor can I. If your kid is set on entering the military, it’s either to get away from you, or out of desperation because you failed to prepare them for the transition to the working world (such as setting them up with a tradeskill or craft or pushing them towards college). It’s not because of some Jedi marketing skills of the Army recruiter based on their wicked database. And when did 18-year-olds suddenly become children incapable of taking responsibility for their choices? How old is old enough to choose a military life? In an age of televised mutilations, does anyone think they are really blind to what they’re getting into?

Heh … based on my experiences in the US Army during the mid to late 90s, I would say that yes, the vast majority of young people entering into the military really are blind as to what they’re getting themselves into.

By that, I mean that very few of them do any more investigation about their potential choices and opportunities beyond signing any form given to them by the recruitment center.

It’s a damn shame, too, because there’s a large amount of resentment over how the military “screwed them” because no one ever shouted at them to at least ask a few questions before they just accepted what they were given.

I’ve known some good recruiters over the years, but the sad truth is that most of them are used car salesmen, out to get their quota no matter what they have to say or “promise” to potential recruits.

Of course, things don’t get much better even when they’re in. If you ever visit the area around most military bases, you’ll see hundreds of businesses designed to seperate the new soldiers from their money as quickly as possible.

You think there are a large number of “payday advance loan” stores near you? There’s four times as many near my brother’s base. And plenty of shady car dealerships that specially advertise to the lower rank enlisted soldiers about their “great” deals on fast cars for them to spend their enlistment bonus on. And we won’t get into the number of local civilians looking to get their hooks into a young soldier, particularly young ladies who deliberately get themselves pregnant in order to win a free meal ticket.

Sure, there’s financial counselling within the military for young recruits, but in most cases it’s a matter of too little, too late.

I am eternally glad for my time within the Army and have always been more than willing to talk about the real and positive opportunities it can provide for someone willing to put the effort into it. However, I also have absolutely no reservation about stating that there is no shortage of shady people, civilian and military side, that are on the lookout to screw any recruit without the experience and willpower to avoid such fates.

To turn what has been mentioned previously around, if there’s truely nothing to question here, why did the government feel the need to sneak the full release of a student’s school records to recruiters? After all, shouldn’t a simple address from the Selective Service be enough?

Recruiters shouldn’t be given records that will allow them to cherry pick those students who are doing poorly, have chosen not to go to a college and come from a poor family as ripe targets for extra attention, all thanks to the kind of student records most schools keep these days.

Sure, but you still can’t take it with you on a plane.

Apparently, also any email addresses the school may have on file, as well as the child’s race.

God everything Derek said is so very true. Its sad but true.