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[Susan notes:

What a great line: The military model of education is recognized among educators and power brokers alike as an effective way to train students.



Too often, the power brokers are left out of media accounts of education. The article was such a puff piece for straight-row, uniformed schools. This letter nails what was missing from the article.



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Published in New York Times
09/27/2003

To the editor

Re "A Private School That Thrives on Rules" (news article, Sept. 24):



What surprised me was not that a strict, rule-based model of education successfully trained students. The military model of education is recognized among educators and power brokers alike as an effective way to train students.



What surprised me was the absence of the question, What is the result? A critical thinker? A democratic citizen prepared to question authoritarian rule? An imaginative person who can think beyond social norms? Or does this model produce and reward docility while perpetuating some notable American myths about hard work and success?





Eric Weiner, Montclair State University


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