According to press reports, Education Secretary Michael Gove is to unveil plans to 'improve classroom discipline' by introducing "military-style cadet forces" to every secondary school.
This idea has been around for some time and promised in various ministerial speeches and pronouncements. One wonders what a non-military-style cadet force would be like a "ballet-style" cadet force, perhaps?!
However, the idea raises a number of questions.
Would more cadet forces improve discipline, especially if they were voluntary rather than compulsory?
Do schools that have cadet forces have fewer discipline problems?
Is there too much focus on the military? While military service has much to offer many young people, and offers much to this country, it is not the only form of service to the nation. What about alternative programmes that could teach young people about team work, dedication and service, such as conservation?
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