"New cadet units across England will be given a Â£10.85 million boost so that more young people can join up and take pride in their community….
"The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Department for Education have committed the money to roll out 100 new cadet units across state-funded schools in England by 2015. This will give thousands of children the opportunity to learn leadership skills, volunteer in their communities and build their self-confidence….
"Research has found that cadets tend to have high levels of respect for authority and high levels of self-esteem. They are likely to be committed citizens, with high aspirations and a greater sense of community. The vast majority, nearly 80 per cent, said being a cadet has helped them stay out of trouble."
- Yes: 50%
- No: 50%
We also raised the 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?"
In complete contrast to the cadet force approach:
"Babies are set to be brought into primary schools in Cardiff to help improve pupils' empathy levels and help reduce any bullying and aggression. The scheme, pioneered in Canada, encourages children to interact in a nurturing manner after observing a parent and baby in the classroom. Reports suggest children who have taken part are more likely to help others, share, and accept peers as they are."
In other posts, we have asked: "Is it possible to teach 'character' and 'values' and whose and which ones should they be?” What is "character"?
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