In response to Chris McGovern: Schools for warmongers? Dangerous delusion of the virtue-signalling Quakers, Busy Mum wrote:
Actually, they have a point. Whilst ‘history’ lessons have indeed produced a generation of pacifists, who have been taught that trenches and mud and rats and lice must be avoided at all costs, as it’s just ‘not worth it’ (with the concurrent implication that our ancestors should not have fought at all during WW1) the government, through the education system, is now indeed militarising this brainwashed crowd into a fighting force for its own purposes.
Twenty odd years ago, Combined Cadet Force etc was something private schools did and was considered unsuitable for the comprehensive menu. It is now rather fashionable; schools trumpet their CCF forces as a good thing to be involved in, they make good use of them in their over-the-top remembrance ceremonies (‘remember the poor downtrodden chaps in 1914-1918, we’re going to fight to make sure it never happens again – we are the pacifist army’), they actively encourage children to join, especially girls, now that the armed forces have fallen to the inclusivity brigade. I have been a parent in the system for more than twenty years and have watched this change happen over the last decade; the current generation’s loyalty is to the ‘state’, the government, rather than the God, King and Country which their WW1 forebears would have recognised. Along with the NCS mentioned not long ago it is actually frightening that schools are now promoting ‘uniformed groups’.