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Sometimes we forget that buried deep in our Defense Budget are items of critical importance. No, not bombs and weapons. No, not armor or tanks.

Schools. We pay for the upkeep of schools on many a military base/post in the US.

Yesterday, The Daily Beast, called attention to our failure to maintain basic conditions:

The latest Pentagon report card on schools where sons and daughters of military personnel are starting classes focuses on the public schools on military bases. The report identifies nearly 40 percent that are in “poor” or “failing” condition.

My original thought was that these schools would be in the South. When the Federal Government said it was no longer legal to desegregate in the 1960's, we had a huge problem in the South. Military families needed schools that followed the law and those schools did not exist in most Southern communities. So we built our own schools to adhere to the law.

The DoD still owns and operates these schools. Since military budgets are tight (yes, budgets that affect spouses and children have been tight for a long time), repairs to schools are postponed, not just months, but years. So this news didn't surprise me.

But what did surprise me is that we're not just talking about DoD owned and operated schools.

Schools run by public-school systems on U.S. Army posts don’t fare much better: 39 percent fail to meet even the military’s own standards, according to a 2010 Army report.

We're talking about schools owned and run by the local school districts that exist on military bases. Basically, the Federal Government provides the land and the school district provides the building, the teachers, and everything else that makes a school a school. Each base has a contract with the local school district, so exactly who is responsible for what changes from place to place.

Ultimately, our Federal Government should be held responsible but I am sure there are multiple pissing contests going on across the United States. School districts are strapped for money. They would prefer the Federal Government pay for repairs. The Federal Government is strapped for money. They would prefer that the local school district pay for repairs.

The worst-ranking facilities are eligible for repair grants, but the total amount available, $250 million, is not likely to make much of a difference anytime soon. The defense department estimates that bringing military-run schools up to standards would cost nearly $4 billion. Local districts would need another $1 billion.

Once again, it's all about the money. The irony - it's all our tax dollars, whether it comes from a Federal pot or a local pot. At the end of the day, we have given money that should keep our schools in good repair. Period. And, let's face it, not just our schools for military children need to be in good repair, but all schools.

Who gets lost in the middle? Why, the kids, of course. Kristen Lombardi of iWatchNews puts a personal face to the story:

Catie Hunter is only 11 years old. Her father, an Army platoon sergeant, has spent five of those years away from her, serving his country in Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. At her elementary school on an Oklahoma military post, ceiling tiles are removed so that when a Great Plains storm rumbles in, rain can cascade from the rotting roof into large trash cans underneath. To get to class, Catie must dodge what she calls “Niagara Falls.”

And, in this six minute video, Lombardi manages to tie the stories of decrepit schools to the daily stresses that military families already face:

Can we say jobs, anyone? Many of these schools are in the United States, not overseas. Repairing them and/or replacing them could mean employment for thousands. Let's put some Americans to work fixing our schools. And, at the same time, take just a little more load off the shoulders of our military kids and their parents.

Originally posted to Military Community Members of Daily Kos on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 05:47 AM PDT.

Also republished by Netroots For The Troops®, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and Education Alternatives.

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  •  Here are the substandard schools: (16+ / 0-)

    Amelia Earhart Intermediate School; Kadena Air Base, Japan (Okinawa); failing (Q4)
    Albritton Junior High; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; poor (Q3)
    Alconbury Elementary; Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom; failing (Q4)
    Alconbury High; RAF Alconbury; failing (Q4)
    Ankara Elementary/High; Incirlik Air Base, Turkey; failing (Q4)
    Ansbach Elementary; US Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Ansbach Middle; USAG, Ansbach; poor (Q3)
    Antilles Elementary; Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; failing (Q4)
    Antilles High; Fort Buchanan; poor (Q3)
    Antilles Intermediate; Fort Buchanan; failing (Q4)
    Antilles Middle; Fort Buchanan; poor (Q3)
    Argonner Elementary; Old Argonner Housing Area, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Ashurst Elementary; Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; poor (Q3)
    Aukamn Elementary; Wiesbaden Army Air Field, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Bahrain Elementary/High; Naval Support Activity Bahrain; failing (Q4)
    Bamberg Elementary; Warner Barracks, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Bamberg High; Warner Barracks; failing (Q4)
    Barkley Elementary; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; poor (Q3)
    Baumholder High; Smith Barracks, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Bechtel Elementary; Camp McTureous, Japan (Okinawa); failing (Q4)
    Bitburg Elementary; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Bitburg High; Spangdahlem AB; failing (Q4)
    Bitburg Middle; Spangdahlem AB; failing (Q4)
    Bob Hope Primary; Kadena AB; failing (Q4)
    Boeblingen Elementary; Kelly Barracks, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Bolden Elementary; Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station, South Carolina; poor (Q3)
    Bowley Elementary; Fort Bragg; failing (Q4)
    Brussels Elementary/High; Daumerie Casnerne Army Base, Belgium; failing (Q4)
    Burrows Elementary; MCB Quantico; poor (Q3)
    Butner Elementary; Fort Bragg; poor (Q3)
    Byrd Elementary; Negishi Military Family Housing, Japan; failing (Q4)
    C Turner Joy Elementary; Chinhae Naval Base, Korea; poor (Q3)
    Campbell High; Fort Campbell; poor (Q3)
    Croughton Elementary/Middle; RAF Croughton, UK; poor (Q3)
    Cummings Elementary; Misawa Air Base, Japan; poor (Q3)
    Daegu Elementary/High; Camp George; failing (Q4)
    Dahlgren Elementary; Dahlgren, VA; failing (Q4)
    Darby Elementary; United States Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan; poor (Q3)
    Darmstadt Elementary/Middle; Lincoln Village, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Delalio Elementary; Marine Corps Air Station, New River, NC; failing (Q4)
    Dexheim Elementary; Anderson Barracks, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Diamond Elementary; Fort Stewart; poor (Q3)
    Dover Middle; Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; failing (Q4)
    Edgren High; Misawa Air Base, Japan; poor (Q3)
    E.J. King High; USFA Sasebo, Japan; poor (Q3)
    Faith Middle; Fort Benning; poor (Q3)
    Feltwell Elementary; RAF Feltwell, UK; poor (Q3)
    Fort Knox High; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)
    Fort Rucker Primary; Fort Rucker, Alabama; failing (Q4)
    Fort Rucker Elementary; Fort Rucker; poor (Q3)
    Galer Elementary; Beaufort MCAS; poor (Q3)
    Garmisch Elementary; Bavarian Alps, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Geilenkirchen Elementary; NATO Airbase Geilenkirchen, Germany; poor (Q3)
    General H.H. Arnold High; Wiesbaden Air Force Base, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Grafenwoehr Elementary; Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Hainerberg Elementary; Wiesbaden Army Air Field; failing (Q4)
    Hanau Middle/High; Hanau, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Hanscom Middle; Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts; failing (Q4)
    Hanscom Primary; Hanscom AFB; poor (Q3)
    Heidelberg High; Heidelberg, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Heidelberg Middle; Heidelberg; failing (Q4)
    Hohenfels Elementary; Hohenfels Combat Maneuver Training, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Holbrook Elementary; Fort Bragg; failing (Q4)
    Hood Street Elementary; Fort Jackson, SC; failing (Q4)
    Illesheim Elementary; Storck Barracks, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Incirlik Elementary/High; Incirlik AB; poor (Q3)
    Irwin Intermediate; Fort Bragg; failing (Q4)
    Jackson Elementary; Fort Campbell; poor (Q3)
    Kadena Elementary; Kadena AB; failing (Q4)
    Kadena High; Kadena AB;  failing (Q4)
    Kadena Middle; Kadena AB; poor (Q3)
    Kaiserslautern Elementary; Ramstein Air Base, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Kaiserslautern High; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    Kaiserslautern Middle; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    Killin Elementary; Camp Foster, Japan (Okinawa); failing (Q4)
    Kingsolver High; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)  
    Kinnick High; CFA Yokosuka; failing (Q4)
    Kinser Elementary; Camp Kinser, Japan (Okinawa); failing (Q4)
    Kleine Brogel Elementary; Kleine Brogel Air Base, Belgium; poor (Q3)
    Kubasaki High; Camp Foster; failing (Q4)
    Lajes Elementary/High; Lajes Field, Portugal; failing (Q4)
    Lakenheath High; RAF Lakenheath; poor (Q3)
    Landstuhl Elementary/Middle; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Lanham Elementary; Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; poor (Q3)
    Lejeune High; Camp Lejeune; poor (Q3)
    Lester Middle; Camp Foster; failing (Q4)
    Liberty Intermediate; RAF Lakenheath; poor (Q3)
    Lincoln Elementary; Fort Campbell; poor (Q3)
    Livorno Elementary/High; Camp Darby, Italy; poor (Q3)
    Loyd Elementary; Fort Benning; poor (Q3)
    Lucas Elementary; Fort Campbell; poor (Q3)
    M. C. Perry Elementary; Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan; failing (Q4)
    M. C. Perry High; MCAS Iwakuni; failing (Q4)
    Macdonald Intermediate; Fort Knox, KY; failing (Q4)
    Mahaffey Middle; Fort Campbell; failing (Q4)
    Major George S. Welch Elementary; Dover AFB; failing (Q4)  
    Mannheim Elementary; Mannheim, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Mannheim High; Heidelberg; failing (Q4)
    Mannheim Middle; Mannheim; failing (Q4)
    Mark Twain Elementary; Mark Twain Village, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Marshall Elementary; Fort Campbell; poor (Q3)
    Maxwell AFB Elementary; Maxwell Air Force Base, AL; poor (Q3)
    McBride Elementary; Fort Benning; poor (Q3)
    McCool Elementary/Middle; Apra Harbor, Guam; failing (Q4)
    McNair Elementary; Fort Bragg; failing (Q4)
    Mendel Elementary; Yokota Air Base, Japan; failing (Q4)
    Menwith Hill Elementary/High; RAF Menwith Hill, UK; poor (Q3)
    Mudge Elementary; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)
    Murray Elementary; Fort Bragg; failing (Q4)
    Neubruecke Elementary; Smith Barracks; poor (Q3)
    Osan Elementary; Osan Air Base, Korea; poor (Q3)
    Patch Elementary; Patch Barracks, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Patch High; Patch Barracks; failing (Q4)
    Patrick Henry Elementary; Heidelberg; failing (Q4)
    Pierce Elementary; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)
    Pierce Terrace Elementary; Fort Jackson; failing (Q4)
    Pinckney Elementary; Fort Jackson; fair (Q2)
    Pope Elementary; Pope Air Force Base, NC; poor (Q3)
    Quantico Middle/High; MCB Quantico; failing (Q4)
    Rainbow Elementary; Barton Barracks, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Ramey Elementary/High; U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, PR; failing (Q4)
    Ramstein High; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    Ramstein Intermediate; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    Ramstein Middle; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    Robins Elementary; Robins Air Force Base, GA; poor (Q3)
    Robinson Barracks Elementary/Middle; Robinson Barracks, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Rota Middle/High; Rota, Spain; failing (Q4)
    Russell Elementary; MCB Quantico; failing (Q4)
    Sasebo Elementary; USFA Sasebo; failing (Q4)
    Schweinfurt Elementary; Ledward Barracks, Germany; failing (Q4)
    Schweinfurt Middle; Ledward Barracks; poor (Q3)
    Scott Middle; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)
    Sembach Elementary; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    Sembach Middle; Sembach AB; failing (Q4)
    Seoul Elementary; Yongson Garrison, Korea; poor (Q3)
    Seoul High; Yongson Garrison; failing (Q4)
    Seoul Middle; Yongson Garrison; failing (Q4)
    Sevilla Elementary/Middle; Moron Air Base, Spain; poor (Q3)
    SHAPE Elementary; Daumerie CAS, Belgium; poor (Q3)
    SHAPE High; Daumerie CAS; failing (Q4)  
    Sigonella Elementary/High; Sigonella Naval Air Station, Smith Elementary; Smith Barracks; failing (Q4)
    Spangdahlem Elementary; Spangdahlem AB; poor (Q3)
    Spangdahlem Middle; Spangdahlem AB; poor (Q3)
    Stearley Heights Elementary; Kadena AB; failing (Q4)
    Sullivans Elementary; CFA Yokosuka; poor (Q3)
    Tarawa Terrace I Primary; Camp Lejeune; failing (Q4)
    Van Voorhis Elementary; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)
    Vicenza Elementary/High; U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza, Italy; failing (Q4)
    Vilseck Elementary; Rose Barracks, Germany; failing (Q3)
    Vilseck Middle/High; Rose Barracks; failing (Q4)
    Vogelweh Elementary; Ramstein AB; failing (Q4)
    W. T. Sampson Elementary/High; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; failing (Q4)
    Walker Intermediate; Fort Knox; failing (Q4)
    Wassom Middle; Fort Campbell; poor (Q3)
    West Point Elementary; West Point, New York; failing (Q4)
    West Point Middle; West Point; failing (Q4)
    Wetzel Elementary; Smith Barracks; poor (Q3)
    White Elementary; Fort Benning; failing (Q4)
    Wiesbaden Middle; Wiesbaden Army Air Field; failing (Q4)
    Wuerzburg Elementary/Middle; Leighton Barracks, Germany; poor (Q3)
    Wuerzburg High; Leighton Barracks; failing (Q4)
    Yokota High; Yokota Air Base, Japan; failing (Q4)
    Yokota West; Yokota AB; poor (Q3)
    Zama High; Camp Zama, Japan (Okinawa); failing (Q4)
    Zukeran Elementary; Camp Foster, Japan; failing (Q4)

    Q-1 New or well maintained ( Good)

    Q-2 Satisfactorily maintained (Fair)

    Q-3 Under-maintained (Poor)

    Q-4 Considered safe but less costly to replace than renovate  (Failing)

  •  Post vs Base (10+ / 0-)

    As a military brat raised Air Force and now a military wife living Air Force, I can't stop using the word base. I know that you Army folks prefer post. Apologies to all who are bothered by my persistent use of base :)

    For you non-military folks:

    A base is home of operations for Air Force and for Navy.

    A post is the home of operations for the Army though many are called forts in their titles (Ft. Lewis, for example, is a post).

    The Marines I know are at camps but I honestly don't know what they are called in casual conversation. Anyone?

  •  If the new diary title brought you in... (7+ / 0-)

    consider your comments carefully.

    I am one unhappy military wife. I published a diary and let it sit for a good half hour with nary a comment. It is a topic that should have gotten at least a peek from folks without using the name Obama in the title.

  •  This infuriates me angelajean. (6+ / 0-)

    Not only the lack of response to your post, but the whole damn situation.  I have observed that diaries re the care of and tending to of our military folks tend to be passed over.  I'm not sure why that is, or why there is so little concern for our troops and their families.

    It's my belief that anyone who serves his/her country deserves the best of health care, housing, and education for themselves and their children.  To ask these men and women to sacrifice their lives and then treat their families with such disrespect is outrageous.  Not only do these poor children suffer from long periods away from their fathers and mothers they are treated like second class citizens (or third even).  How our government officials can look at themselves in the mirror I do not know.  But I've said before, if there was a national service/draft for everyone's kids, I bet the situation would radically altered.

    Thanks for this and I will let folks in MF know you have this up.

    •  The situation has been around for a long time (4+ / 0-)

      really.

      It is the same with hospitals on many bases. It is the same with housing on many bases. The answer, in many situations, has been to privatize. Well, since schools can't be privatized, the answers aren't so easy, are they? Though, we better be warned, because that might be mentioned next... privatized military schools for kids. Yikes!

      •  Yikes is right. (3+ / 0-)

        My thinking is that these issues need to be addressed by groups like IAVA, VoteVets, etc.  One good thing is that we do have the internet and far more voices are speaking up.  Not enough, but I'm seeing more and more organization by and for vets themselves.  I suppose many people here can't separate their legitimate feelings about war(s) from the need to give every ounce of support we can to our troops.  I would think we should be able to distinguish between the two.  The irony is that the cost to all of us when these thousands of men and women come home, many damaged both physically and psychologically, is staggering.  This of course, trickles down to their children and the damage done to them as they too are caught up in this broken system.

        And then to look at how our politicians vote on vet's issues is a real eye opener. The republicans (on the whole) have a dismal record when it comes to supporting legislation that benefits the troops.

        You know, it would be an interesting documentary film to cover this issue; talk to the children, film the rundown schools, the inadequate housing.  Of course, I doubt the military would allow a camera near any of that.  But it is a thought.  This whole situation is deplorable and immoral.

        •  I think the military already has allowed cameras (4+ / 0-)

          near it... did you see the above video clip?

          Many of these schools, while on government land, are not government property. They belong to local school districts. Many of those in charge of the schools will gladly let cameras film the conditions... they want to see things change as well.

          Ultimately, this comes down to priorities. In the military, family has to come second to the mission. Therefore, Congress must demand that money be spent exactly as intended because otherwise the support for family just gets hit again and again so that the mission can get the maximum support.

          This is where it gets frustrating with defense budget cuts - yes, there are plenty of places to cut. But, at the same time, there are plenty of places worthy of spending more money.

      •  Housing, omg yes (5+ / 0-)

        I refused to live on post housing. Part of it was the culture (a lot of people didn't like 'locals'), but the housing!

        We were told to not visit Helemano at night. Your car would be broken into. A woman on Schofield Barracks was sexually assaulted in her own driveway--they didn't find the soldier who did it.

        Enlisted housing was a wreck. They were working on fixing that (they did finally kill the golf course and start building houses on it), but you still had a good chance of having to move into an apartment that was full of mold. People would wait weeks for a working stove or refrigerator--they would try to fix them several times before replacement, and the repair people were busy.

        And of course housing had been privatized. You got no BAH, but slowly, surely, there were charges being added for utilities.

        And veterans or civilian contractors could rent the open apartments--BAH was around $2000/month, even for junior enlisted, but the renters paid about $800/month, because the housing was SO CRAPPY.

        And yet, active duty was getting no BAH and starting to get charges on top of that.

        Is it any wonder we lived off-post?

        Of course, you could apply to live on Navy housing. You'd have to deal with H-1 and H-2 to get to work, but the housing was much better than the Army.

        "Them as can do has to do for them as can't. And someone has to speak up for them as has no voices." — Terry Pratchett

        by LoreleiHI on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 09:02:55 AM PDT

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        •  We have lived in Army housing only once. (3+ / 0-)

          It was in fair condition but very small and cramped. We were overseas at the time and my husband's rank prevented us from living off-base, our preference.

          Air Force housing is known for being better, overall, but we've had our negative experiences there as well. And it all comes down to maintenance. If the government would have spent the money to maintain homes (and build them properly in the first place), we would have no where near the issues that we have now.

          Ironically, our best home was our first base house in Eielson AFB, Alaska. As a 2nd Lt we ended up in Captain's quarters (no such thing, really, as a 2nd LT house since there were only 2 or 3 on base at anytime). Three bedrooms and a full basement for a family of two. It was glorious!

  •  Put a link up in MF. (5+ / 0-)

    I suspect a few folks will come by.  This is so very important angelajean, and I for one am with you on this one.  

  •  I saw that article at Daily Beast (4+ / 0-)

    So many people in this country pay lip service to honoring our military, particularly all those right-wingers to whom it is second nature.  But ask this country to put their money where our mouth is, and all of a sudden the military are sponges, asking for such outrageous things as care for their wartime injuries, and decent education!  So greedy, that military!

    It makes me ill.

    I hope your diary gets rescued, angeljean.  It certainly deserves more attention.

    I blog about my daughter with autism at her website

    by coquiero on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 07:32:14 AM PDT

  •  You are in my stream but ... (6+ / 0-)

    angelajean,

    I always read your stuff (if I'm online at all) but I work w/ DoD budget and have to be very careful about comments, so I mostly just read.  Sometimes I repost to my facebook wall without comment to spread the word in other places.

    Please keep writing!

  •  I was hoping that (6+ / 0-)

    the Rescue Rangers would republish you to Community Spotlight.  Because certainly, this is an important issue, and deserves many more eyes.

    Over the past 30-odd years, the Democrats have moved to the right, and the Republicans have moved into a mental hospital. --Bill Maher

    by Youffraita on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 08:23:17 AM PDT

  •  Angela Jean... Do you feel the criteria... (3+ / 0-)

    for evaluating schools on military bases give a fair an holistic evaluation, of the facilities and the educational environment, or is it mostly based on student standardized tests, which I think we both agree is a weak measure for a school?

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

    by leftyparent on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 08:56:09 AM PDT

    •  this evaluation doesn't have to do with testing... (3+ / 0-)

      this evaluation was solely about conditions of the buildings.

      But when you look at how well military kids are educated, the same types of test scores are used, just like for other kids. Those tests are flawed.

      In general, military kids have done well on standardized tests. However, some recent studies are showing that kids with multiple deployments of parents under their belts suffer in the testing department. I don't think that should come as any surprise.

  •  As a person who is anti-war & opposes "the man"... (5+ / 0-)

    I struggle at times to separate militarism and the military-industrial complex from our young adults and others serving in the military and the kids who are part of military families.  I don't want the institution to thrive but  I want the people participating in it to be able to lead good lives.

    Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

    by leftyparent on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 08:59:55 AM PDT

    •  This is a conversation I want to have more often (5+ / 0-)

      at DailyKos. I think people are afraid to have it.

      Believe it or not, many of us in the military don't want the institution to 'thrive' either. At least, not as a war making machine.

      The vast majority of us really do want to be peace makers in the world. We just see having a strong military as part of that process. Especially when used appropriately. It's just that our leaders don't always seem to find appropriate ways to use the military - especially Bush the second.

      •  Seems the US military is the pinnacle... (3+ / 0-)

        of a hierarchical organization that will resist a more egalitarian approach as totally inappropriate in order to have an effective military force.  Not sure how it would be otherwise.  This is the nature of war, conflict and "martial law".  Tod-down control model with very little feedback from the bottom up.

        I think this paradigm is totally inappropriate for education, but I can't really conceive of another paradigm for the military.

        That said, I'm aware of other countries, present and past that had a more egalitarian approach to their military, though none were the "world's police".

        So our military being so hierarchical, so authoritarian, I'm uncomfortable with it and everything that has to do with it.  Being a positive person, instead of railing against it, I tend to ignore, like I presume a lot of other progressive people.

        Cooper Zale Los Angeles http://www.leftyparent.com

        by leftyparent on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 10:03:36 AM PDT

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        •  Actually, they tried a bottom-up approach for a (4+ / 0-)

          few years when Clinton was President. Not for command, mind you, but for ideas. The program encouraged brainstorming and problem solving at the lowest levels of command. It was called TQM, total quality management. A lot of people ended up making fun of the program and it was ditched a couple of years later. But it had some good stuff attached. I believe they threw the baby out with the bath water, as so often happens.

          Also, there is a lot of room within the military community for less heirarchical, less authoriatarian structure... like within spouse organizations and clubs. But we still tend to hold tight to tradition and the generals' wives know all :)

      •  There are so many conversations we are afraid (4+ / 0-)

        to have. I was really struck by the recent diary by HamdenRice on what MLK really did. The idea that once people are willing to face the terror they discover it doesn't have a hold on them is one I think we as a society need to face. We all believe this bullshit lie that it's so modern now that regular people can't influence or understand what is going on. Good lord. It's old fashioned greed and privilege. And we need to dummy up, take some responsibility and say we are going to start valuing our people more than our processes.

        I have such hope that homeschooling and the Maker culture can liberate enough of us from our disempowerment that we are culturally able to stand up for what we think is right. I keep meaning to write a diary about the extreme socialization of conformity that early childhood schooling enforces. I believe that is inextricably tied to our disempowerment.

        Poverty = politics.

        by Renee on Thu Sep 01, 2011 at 10:11:35 AM PDT

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