It’s a done deal: the JROTC is out in San Francisco and kids instead get to learn first aid. All of the discipline, pride, unit cohesion, drilling, and athletic credit that went with JROTC have just been replaced with a first aid class.
Now I’m all in favor of first aid. I deeply admire the first responders in our communities and I know that, in the real world, the people who have these skills are among our finest and bravest. Nevertheless, in the context of the SF School Board’s political machinations, this course is meant to create a victim class, not a warrior class. (In the real world, as 9/11 showed, first responders are warriors, of course.)
What’s really sad is that the white liberals who oppose JROTC have mostly left the school district anyway because (at least when I was looking into them years ago) SF schools were, for the most part, awful. Faced with these schools, the (mostly liberal) professional class either opted into the private schools or moved to the suburbs.
I wonder if the families remaining in the schools are as on-board with this mush-brained liberal decision as are the families who have already bailed on this failing educational community.