Step by step, a military presence is entering schools across Britain. This is part of a conscious strategy to increase support for the armed forces in the wake of unpopular wars. Quakers in Britain have produced The Unseen March, a short film to start a public debate about the militarisation of education.
Made by award-winning Speak-it films (Black Gold, When China Met Africa), The Unseen March includes candid voices from the worlds of politics, education and entertainment. Perhaps the most powerful message comes from Ben Griffin, a former soldier and founder of Veterans for Peace UK. Ben says, “We’re told that ‘military ethos’ is about teamwork, discipline and duty. In reality it’s about obeying orders without question, removing the barrier to kill and creating a sense of loyalty to an institution, usually through the formation of a gang mentality”.
Watch the film here.