By Nicole Nguyen

Welcome to Milton highschool, the place worry is a teacher’s most sensible device and each scholar is a soldier within the warfare on terror. A suffering public tuition open air the nation’s capital, Milton sat squarely on the heart of 2 tendencies: starting to be worry of resurgent terrorism and mounting strain to run colleges as task education websites. In reaction, the varsity proven a really expert place of origin safety program. 

A Curriculum of Fear takes us into Milton for a day by day examine how the sort of application works, what it capability to scholars and employees, and what it says in regards to the militarization of U.S. public colleges and, extra extensively, the nation of public schooling during this nation. Nicole Nguyen publications us via a curriculum of nationwide security–themed sessions, electives, and internships designed via public-private partnerships with significant security contractors like Northrop Grumman and federal companies just like the NSA. She introduces us to scholars within the technique of changing into a corps of “diverse staff” for the nationwide defense undefined, studying to be “vigilant” electorate; and she or he exhibits us the typical realities of a software meant to enhance the varsity, revitalize the group, and get rid of the fulfillment gap. 

With connection with severe paintings on university militarization, neoliberal college reform, the influence of the worldwide battle on terror on daily life, and the political makes use of of fear, A Curriculum of Fear maps the contexts that gave upward thrust to Milton’s fatherland safeguard application and its recognition. eventually, because the first ethnography of one of these software, the booklet offers a anxious shut come across with the hot basic imposed by means of the worldwide battle on terror—a college right now below siege and actively getting ready for the siege itself.

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30 - Teaching War and Feeling Fear National Security Education from the Cold War to the Global War on Terror Although Milton’s Homeland Security program represents a new form of securitized schooling, I soon realized that forming strategic partnerships between schools and the national security industry to meet the needs of the global war on terror was by no means a new, post-­9/11 process. As such, if I wanted to understand Milton’s Homeland Security program, I first needed to excavate the historical legislative policies, financial commitments, and institutional arrangements that laid the financial, intellectual, and social groundwork for the rise of high school Homeland Security programs.

23 New York City Public Schools, for example, installed a new safety plan called Operation Impact Schools in 2008. Based on its ruthless predecessor Operation Impact, used to “clean up” New York’s streets, Operation Impact Schools deployed two hundred armed police officers to twelve schools with the highest rates of violence. 26 Instead of addressing this, and other, root causes of school fights, Operation Impact Schools simply pushed students out of school and into the juvenile justice system.

When we finished our walk, Mr. Hopkins and I established an initial schedule of Homeland Security classes, events, and guest speakers I would observe. Planning interviews and focus groups would wait until after I was more integrated into the school and after students and staff were more familiar with me. Mr. Hopkins then dropped me off at Mr. Ross’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) class, where I observed Homeland Security students building rockets with the help of NASA employees. After the last bell rang, I smiled as I navigated my way through the hall teeming with students celebrating the end of the school day.

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