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No Child Left Alone

The EFF is directing attention to the Leave My Child Alone! colalition.

Did you know that President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act mandates that public high schools turn over private student contact information to local military recruiters or risk losing federal education funding? Not only that, but the Pentagon has compiled a database of more than 30 million young people, including 16- and 17-year-olds, for the purpose of military recruitment?

I think this is wrong. The public schools must exist for the greater glory and convenience of the heroic modern state, or the schools shall wither away, abandon science and modernity, and I can’t go on.

More seriously, when the state is responsible for your child’s education, you should expect that the state will abuse that position for its own purposes.

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