In 1997 the Conservative government introduced cadet units in state schools. An Inquiry into the National Recognition of the Armed Forces
in 2008 called for an increase in Combined Cadet Forces in comprehensive schools. ResPublica 2012 published 'Tackling disadvantage, improving ethos and changing outcome
'. It called for new schools run by the military to address poor discipline and educational failure in most deprived neighbourhoods. Ex-education secretary Michael Gove (7 Dec 2012
) said 'Every child can benefit from the values of a military ethos'.
This intrusion of the military into schools is an international phenomenon and should be challenged here and elsewhere. Deprived neighbourhoods need to have their problems addressed through the civil society not by introducing the military.
Neither should we be teaching British values as Cameron proposes, but 'civilised values' as Lord Taverne suggested in the House of Lords recently