Weapons Manufacturers Routinely Sponsor School Lessons

By Gary Cutlack on at

Companies that make a living selling bombs at least on the side are the target of an investigation by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, which says the likes of BAE, Raytheon and Thales are sponsoring learning sessions for primary school children in what would appear to be an attempt to groom kids for careers as warhead assemblers.

It's all about encouraging the push to get Brit kids into the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) career elevator say the companies involved, although the CAAT says it's actually little more than a PR effort to "normalise" the war industry and get the brand names of weapons manufacturers into the public consciousness at an early age, just in case one of the kids grows up to become defence secretary and can therefore push a few billion pounds worth of sales in their direction, because it looks like Eurasia is beating Eastasia and we need to balance it out.

The CAAT's Andrew Smith said: "Many of these companies have profited from war and fuelled atrocities around the world. Schools are vital to our society and should never be used as commercial vehicles for arms companies. It is time for arms companies to be kicked out of the classroom."

BAE's child-friendly science roadshow team comes in for particular criticism, although with only 491 followers to its name it can't have indoctrinated many youngsters through the STEM backdoor and into the ways of automated remote killing. [Guardian]