Adalberto Aguirre and Brooke Johnson



Militarizing Youth in Public Education: Observations from a Military-Style Charter School

This article discusses the use of military language and symbols at a “military-style” charter school in California. The use of military language is discussed as a vehicle for promoting the identity of students as “cadets.” Military culture is identified as a tool for reinforcing a military worldview among cadets. The essay notes the unintended outcome of a “military-style” charter school on minority youth — their enlistment in the military.

military charter schools, militarization, education–military recruitment

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 32, No. 3 (2005): 148-162.