This week I was handed an article from Newsweek about the provision in the No Child Left Behind Act that requires high schools to provide the names and address of their students to the military.

Don't get me wrong, I am not anti-military. I was in the service. Our military is necessary and it does a good job. The military is NOT a bad career choice as long as one is fully informed. One can learn valuable skills and serve his or her country by signing up for military service.

Over the last several months, several seniors have complained to me about the recruiters who keep calling even after the student says they are not interested and have already chosen their college for next year. The students seem to be disturbed by the actions of the recruiters.

I really didn't think too much about their concerns until I started hearing rumblings that it was because of the provision in the No Child Left Behind Act. Then this article came out.

The long and the short of it is this. Check out Military Free Zone. The site has some good information about what the military can do and has the opt-out form that students and parents can sign and turn in to the school. The owners of the site have an obvious agenda and it doesn't necessarily agree with my own opinions, BUT students aren't told they have an option about getting calls from military recruiters.

Read the information. If you need more information, ask. Make your own INFORMED decision.