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Tension in Learning Among Cadets at Military Schools
A major challenge for military high schools is the tension that exists between a cadet's academic experience and his "military" experience. By military I mean the education a cadet receives in his JROTC class, military drill/reviews/inspections, and his time spent in the barracks. These experiences can be generally categorized as direct instruction--where superiors, whether cadet or faculty member, issues instructions or orders to subordinates. Independent thinking and critical reflection are normally not skills needed among subordinates during these activities. In the academic sphere, especially in History and English classes, there are many opportunities for cadets to apply a wide range of skills to their learning. Class discussions in History classes can develop a cadet's critical thinking skills. In English classes, cadets will read and analyze novels and collaborate with peers on projects.
Both kinds of education are necessary, but I am interested in seeing what that does to the learning of the cadet. What is his thinking process when he graduates from a military high school? This is something worth investigating...
Article posted March 11, 2011 at 01:53 PM •
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I am the Dean of Academics at a private military school in central Missouri called Missouri Military Academy.
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