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Would it not be acceptable to present the image of military control and lockdown to...

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smy5861 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 23, 2012 at 12:10 AM via web

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Would it not be acceptable to present the image of military control and lockdown to further the safety of our children as opposed to making them feel comfortable?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM (Answer #1)

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I think that there are a couple of premises in the question that might need some evaluation and discussion.  The first would be the idea that increased military control results in direct safety of our children.  I am not sure that the two can be linked.  Increased military control empowers one group over others and this is not automatically a direct indication of safety.  The United States has a considerable miltary presence all over the world, and yet there is a distinct feeling that this has helped cause us to be more insecure about our place in it.  The presence of the United States military around the world has helped to further generate and even foment feelings that do not equate to comfort.  In turning this domestically, I don't think that greater military presence on college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s helped to develop a greater sense of safery.  The Kent State shootings in 1970 did not create security while miltary presence was at an unprecedented level.  There have been enough abuses of military power during lockdown events such as martial law or state- declared "emergencies" where military presence has guaranteed more unrest and a greater lack of control.  The second issue I see in the question is that the dualism between "comfort" and control has to be discussed.  I am not entirely certain that the options are to envision a setting where our children are "comfortable" is one in which decreased military presence is a reality.  The implication in the question is that children are "comfortable."  I am not sure this is the case of the large number of children who live in poverty or are subject to sexual, physical, or emotional abuse.  In fact, there are some settings where these events are happening in military settings.  The greater sense of control through the military or through social means does not automatically guarantee safety, as children's grasp of adolescence is one in which freedom has to be understood in order to guide proper and productive decision making and greater reflection of self.  It is here where I think the question needs some discussion and debate.

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