One thing that gets me peeved pretty often is a complete lack of respect for the armed forces in Canada. You don't have to agree with the missions they're on, but it shouldn't matter. People who are willing to put their lives on the line to defend Canadians and our country deserve an ounce or two of respect, especially from those who aren't willing to do those things.
On that note, the Windsor Star got me worked up today by publishing the article: Co-op program called death sentence.
The article reports on a new co-op program that's been done with the military and the high schools in my area, for which students would be paid and earn four credits towards their degree, and then has quotes from people for and opposed to the idea.
The article is annoying just because it's fairly biased (four sources against, two for) but aside from that, I'm disappointed that the Star decided it was prudent of them to find one student who was completely against the program and ignorant to boot, while apparently not looking for any students in favour of the program. It was my high school. I still visit it. I know the people there. I have a hard time believing that the entire student population (especially those attending the meeting) would be against the program.
As for the teenager they did interview (a grade 11 girl):
"It's too disciplined, too scary," said Fleming about the military. "They beat it into you so you don't know what you think anymore. You're not a person anymore. You're just a machine."
Clearly a sixteen year-old girl with absolutely no experience with the military, with the possible exception of having seen an R-rated movie, if someone rented it for her, is an authority on this subject.
Fleming said she doesn't know what kind of response the program had at her high school, but she's sure there are students who will be drawn to it. "People who want basic things like money and health care will end up going for it. And I'm worried that it will happen to my friends."
Um, this is Canada. In case this girl hadn't notied, there is a fairly large debate raging over how to fix a system under which everyone is covered already. Sure you'd probably get a drug plan, but you'll get that if you get a job at Home Depot.
As for thinking people will get conned into doing something dangerous for money... is this student also opposed to her friends becoming police officers or firefighters?
There is absolutely no logic in her argument, and ignorance makes me grumpy.