By Brooke Johnson
Taking army constitution colleges as her topic, and drawing on years of study at one university particularly, Brooke Johnson explores the underpinings of a tradition according to militarization and neoliberal academic reforms and probes its results on person id and social interactions on the school.
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During my three years at the MEI, I also become close to three other students who often confided in me and asked for my advice: a White male student, a Latino, and Latina. Additionally, I held reoccurring conversations with all the teachers as I met them in the hallways, the large storage closet, teacher’s lounge, or other school activities and locations. I regularly chatted with administrators7 (school secretary, security officers) and the commandants throughout my time at the MEI. This usually occurred in the main office as I completed small tasks for the school secretary or a teacher.
Thus, the “one best system” founded by early education leaders in the nineteenth century had failed. In 1981, Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education, T. H. Bell, created the National Commission on Excellence in Education with the sole purpose of examining the quality of education in the United States. The resulting report, entitled A Nation at Risk, argued that “the educational foundations of our society are presently being eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people” (US Department of Education 1983, 1).
Another example began in 1999 when the Secretary of the Army, Louis Caldera, developed and implemented the Hispanic Access Initiative. This plan expands Army ROTC to university campuses with high Latina/o enrollment and pays “instructor salaries, scholarships, marketing dollars and operating expenses at each of these schools where traditionally ‘underserved’ [in military recruitment and enlistment] populations enroll in college” (Boje 2003, 4). Additionally, in 2002, the US government further pushed its recruitment agenda of youth through legal means.
Culture and Structure at a Military Charter School: From School Ground to Battle Ground by Brooke Johnson