Quakers oppose expansion of cadets in state schools
In July's Budget, the Chancellor announced £50million to expand cadet forces across 500 state schools. This is the latest evidence of the creeping militarisation of schools by the Department for Education.
Ultimately, militarism in schools leads to two kinds of recruitment: the recruitment of teenagers into the armed forces, and the recruitment of wider society to be war ready. Both go undebated. Why can't we invest in education for peace, not war?
- Helen Drewery, General Secretary, Quaker Peace & Social Witness
Just released by the Quakers is the provocative short film: The Unseen March. The film highlights the dangers of this increasing role of the military in education, and the normalisation of war. Cultivating unquestioning support for the military in the children of today makes war more possible tomorrow.