"No child left behind" draft

Some things need no comment. Consider the following description of the "Culture of Life" Administration implementing the "No Child Left Behind" program:

The following are excerpts from an L.A. Times article dated April 5, 2005. The article was written by Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer

Marine Sgt. Rick Carloss is as familiar to students as some teachers at Downey High School. He does push-ups with students during PE classes and plays in faculty basketball games. During lunch, he hands out key chains, T-shirts and posters that proclaim: " Think of Me As Your New Guidance Counselor."

…Inside the attendance office, Carloss kissed two secretaries on their foreheads

"I need you to summon a young man out of class for me," he told one.

"OK," she replied. "What's his name?"

… the Marines missed their monthly recruiting goals in January through March for the first time in a decade, and the Army and the National Guard also fell short of their needs. This year, the Army and the Marines plan not only to increase the number of recruiters, but also to penetrate high schools more deeply, especially those least likely to send graduates to college.

For Carloss and other recruiters, part of the way has been cleared by the No Child Left Behind education law of 2002…

… The booklet states: "Be so helpful and so much a part of the school scene that you are in constant demand."

It advises recruiters to get to know young leaders because "some influential students such as the student president or the captain of the football team may not enlist; however, they can and will provide you with referrals who will enlist."

Sitting in the lunch room, Carloss told both young men that with money he earned in the military, he bought a motorcycle and a house, in addition to his Mercedes.

His cell-phone rang. It played a 50 Cent rap tune.

The sergeant took off his Rolex watch and handed it to Tovar. Tovar examined it and smiled: "That could be me one day.”

Inside the office, a white board on the wall lists 25 "target" high schools.

For each campus, recruiters had listed the number of male students, visits to the campus and total signed contracts for 2005.

Dave Griesmer, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, said the military seeks diverse candidates, regardless of income level.

But he added: "You're not going to waste your resources if you're in sales in a market that is not going to produce.

"We certainly don't discount any school," he said. "But if 95% of kids in that area go on to college, a recruiter is going to decide where the best market is. Recruiters need to prioritize."

Carloss asked them to fill out cards with their name, address, phone number, age and grade. Students must be at least 17 to enlist. Those younger than 18 need parental consent.

"Are you scared?" Carloss said jokingly to one boy.

Carloss waved down a girl: "Go to one of these boys over here who you think is cute and tell him to do it."

"Who?" she replied.

"I don't care," Carloss said, "as long as he's 17."

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