Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Military Methods and Making Connections: Pedagogy

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Military Methods and Making Connections: Pedagogy

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Announcing you want the army to sort out school kids is a reliably popular tactic for politicians. It plays well with the press, evoking images of sergeant majors screaming at troublemaking teens, then forcing them to drop and do press-ups.

Parents also seem to approve of greater army influence in schools. A National College poll found that parents believed military officers were better suited to becoming headteachers than doctors, lawyers and even school governors.

The notion that pupils would benefit from more military discipline is certainly not a new one. For example, on several occasions in the last century politicians have suggested that combined cadet forces would fix behaviour problems in schools - a proposal TES wearily dismissed in 1916 as "unsound on many besides educational grounds".

However, schools can still learn a great deal from the military. Not only have the armed forces found ways to train some of the most challenging and disaffected teenagers, they have also produced some fantastic teachers. …

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