Kids learning about the “new reality”

September 28, 2007 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

Kim photoYou know, if I could just write about UFOs, I think the ThinkingShift blog would be number one in the blogosphere. Over 4,000 people visited my post on whether the internet has snuffed out aliens. As much as I’d like to keep attracting tons of readers, I’m afraid that I haven’t much to say on a daily basis about aliens (mmm…perhaps I could think about the nexus between KM and aliens?!).

But I can find things to talk about daily when it comes to the surveillance society (skip this post if you’re disinterested in your life being increasingly controlled). It’s been a great week for me with internet censorship issues, nuns being frisked at airports, and humans being microchipped. And the news keeps coming into my RSS feeds.

This one nearly bowled me over. How about sending your son or daughter to a High School that specialises in studying cybersecurity and geospatial intelligence, responding to mock terror attacks and where your kid can receive a limited security clearance to a nearby Army chemical warfare lab?

If this sounds like a great curriculum, then enrol your would-be Jack Bauer at Maryland’s (US) Joppatowne High School. This is America’s first High School churning out kids who understand the “new reality”. Students will choose one of three specialised tracks: information and communication technology, criminal justice and law enforcement, or “homeland security science.” What the? What on earth is “homeland security science”? An educational official, showing a profound grasp of the Arabic language, quipped that the school will also offer: “Arabic or some other nontraditional, Third World-type language.”

Seems that the school’s main focus will be to churn out graduates who can join the intelligence community or work in the homeland security sector. What happened to churning out science grads? or history grads? grads that are intellectually curious and not just equipped in how to assemble a weapon fast whilst blindfolded. Isn’t this just an educational programme masquerading as brainwashing the up and coming generation about the War on Terror? Are we now co-opting kids into believing the War on Terror drivel?

An academic said that he’d be concerned about the curriculum: “my fear is that they will instead teach a series of predigested truths about keeping our country safe.” No kidding! I’m sure the Pentagon and other security agencies will be rubbing their hands with glee thinking about all the new recruits they’ll have from this High School.

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Airport security How curious!

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