Yet another reason...
REP. JIM McDERMOTT: Well, buried in the No Child Left Behind Act, in section 9528, it says schools are required to give military recruiters names, home addresses, and home phone numbers. If they don't do that, they can be penalized by receiving no money from the federal government. So, it's really a stick, a big heavy stick on schools to give out that information. There is a possibility for youngsters to opt out, but nobody tells kids about opting out. And that's what this campaign is really all about. It's to give kids the awareness that they can opt out, give their parents the awareness they can opt out, so that they're not bugged by recruiters.
That's Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott and the campaign he's referring to is a petition drive to convince Congress that parents and teens should know that they do not have to allow the military to have their contact information. Privacy laws protect them, if they want to be protected. But no one knows it. Here's more from the interview on Democracy Now!:
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Congress member Jim McDermott. He's in Seattle now about to get on a plane. If you can explain, though, because I don't think, and maybe this is why you've introduced this, most people understand how it works, that the school automatically hands over students' names, high school students' names to the Pentagon, unless a parent or the student, him or herself, actually proactively says, “Do not hand over that name.” Is that right?
REP. JIM McDERMOTT: Yes.
AMY GOODMAN: And the principal can decide whether to send a letter home to inform parents about this so they have the choice, or more often than not, the names are just handed over.
REP. JIM McDERMOTT: Yep. The school has no requirement to, or the school board has no requirement to tell parents what's happening to their kids' private information. And in most cases, they are not doing anything. In some places, we had a youngster yesterday at the press conference from New Jersey, where the kids got 90% of the kids in the school to opt out in a New Jersey high school. Now, that’s student activism at its very best.
Indeed it is. For information on how to opt out of military recruitment efforts, click here.