Monday, February 18, 2008

Camouflaged: Investigating how the U.S. Military Affects You and Your Community

The New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE)
is proud to announce the release of:

Camouflaged: Investigating how the U.S. Military Affects You and Your Community

*Foreword by Bill Bigelow
*Edited by Edwin Mayorga, Bree Picower, & Seth Rader*

It is available for purchase at

Camouflaged provides tools for educators to help middle and high school-aged students explore the role of the United States military in their lives and in their communities. It provides a critical lens with which to examine the military from a historical and contemporary perspective. In his foreword, Bill Bigelow writes that Camouflaged is "a collaborative effort that seeks to provide students the kind of challenging curriculum that not only develops thoughtful citizens, but saves lives. Literally." The book is an excellent tool for integrating current events and social justice teaching in any classroom. It is jam packed with resources that can be used in a variety of ways to address the complex and controversial issues of war and military service with students.

Camouflaged is available for purchase at

"Brilliant, highly charged materials on the high costs citizens in a democratic nation pay, and the damage the society incurs, when an uncontrolled military sector drains the nation's economic resources, propagandizes a population to justify its own often illegal and immoral actions, and recruits the children of the poor as cannon fodder for its future wars. A superb curricular package that is more badly needed now than ever."
- Jonathan Kozol, professor, activist, and author of The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

This dynamic publication has all the content, concepts, lesson plans, and resources that teachers need to convey to students the ways that militarization and current wars affect them, their families, and their communities. It is a powerful and extremely useful document. Appropriate for public school, college, and graduate level teaching.
- Jean Anyon, author of Radical Possibilities: Public Policy, Urban Education, and a New Social Movement.

Camouflaged is an amazing curriculum with unparalleled relevance. I used it as the driving curriculum in my social issues course for seniors, and student involvement, engagement and enthusiasm was at an all time high. What's more, none of the kids who took my class enlisted after graduation, they went on to college, and those who wanted to make the military a career put it off for a degree first! If it were up to me I would make it a mandatory class for every high schooler.
- Caridad Caro, NYC Public High School Administrator, U.A. School for Wildlife Conservation

This is by far the most comprehensive guide that I've seen. You can use this guide in sequence or use parts of it. Our students are viewed as "Fresh Meat" by recruiters. We teachers may be the only deterrents to this illegal war-time hustle happening in many of our young people's lives. Get This Book!
- Jim Murphy: NYC teacher, veterans' activist (Vietnam veteran) and counter-recruiter (NY Vets Speak Out).

Camouflaged is a key source for helping youth explore the social, economic and political realities of military life. Through this curriculum, young people will hone their 4 Rs - reading, writing, arithmetic and reflective thinking. Camouflaged is creative and obviously compiled by educators who understand young people, what and how they think, and accordingly, what will engage them.
- Susan Wilcox, Ed.D., Co-Executive Director, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Camouflaged is available for purchase at

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