War School is a film about the battle for the hearts and minds of Britain’s children. The producers of the film describe it as follows:
Set against the backdrop of Remembrance the controversial and challenging documentary reveals how, faced with unprecedented opposition to its wars, the British government is using a series of new and targeted strategies to promote support for the military.
Armed Forces Day, Uniform to Work Day, Camo Day, National Heroes Day – in the streets, on television, on the web, at sports events, in schools, advertising and fashion – the military presence in civilian life is on the march. The public and ever younger children are being groomed to collude in the increasing militarisation of UK society.
Interweaving the powerful and moving testimonies of veterans of Britain’s unbroken century of wars with expert commentary, archive and a redolent score, War School’s mosaic of sound and imagery evokes the story of the child soldier who becomes a peace campaigner, challenging the myth of Britain’s benign role in world affairs and asking if perpetual war is really what we want for future generations?
The Quakers have produced a Powerpoint presentation, multimedia resources and activities for teachers and others inspired by the film. Download the Powerpoint here. It starts by saying:
The film raises important questions relevant to citizenship, wellbeing and moral development
The multimedia resources and activities have been designed to explore these questions from a critical thinking perspective.