There seems to be a misconception and even a slight stigma surrounding military schools. While television shows and movies may have perpetuated the idea that military academies are tough environments for unruly and troubled youth – this in fact is not reality. So here are a few common myths surrounding military schools:
1. It’s a military heavy curriculum.
While students may have some military education, the military theme is more about adopting a structured and discipline learning environment. In fact, most military academies emphasize the importance on academics with mandatory supervised study periods. As with other private schools, military academies offer a plethora of resources to enhance the opportunity for academic success. This includes remedial assistance, smaller class sizes, extra-curricular activities and greater teacher-student time.
2. Graduates of a military academy will always go into the military.
While some military academy graduates will go on to enter a military college and/or services, most do not. Because military schools provide education on a wide range of subjects, students are prepared for entry into both military and non-military post-secondary universities and colleges, or other careers.
3. Attending a military school is for children who are troubled and/or have learning or behaviour disabilities.
It’s true that a military academy or private boarding type schools can offer an almost ideal environment for youth with disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Development Coordination Disorder (DCD), and other learning disabilities (LD). Those who display symptoms or characteristics of these disorders and disabilities benefit from the structured routine, academic resources and balanced diet and fitness plans in place in most private military schools. However, these factors are also beneficial for those who do not display symptoms of the aforementioned disorders. The regulations and structures in place in military schools are versatile in that most, if not all, graduates will emerge with newfound skills, knowledge, strength and core values – regardless of behaviour and learning disabilities.
4. Graduates will emerge as tough and anti-social individuals.
Redefining and strengthening social skills is an important aspect of the military school experience and environment. Students are provided regulations and roles which help improve self-care, self-integrity and self-esteem. Military academies are also founded upon core values such as honour and respect, which are passed on to the students through the numerous courses and activities. Military school students also often participate in more extra-curricular activities, giving the opportunity to play and work as part of a team.
If you’re a parent considering a military school for your child, it’s important to put these inaccurate preconceptions aside. A military school offers many benefits that will help your child to become a very capable and competent adult. Call or visit a military school to find out for yourself.
This article is published by Robert Land Academy, a private military style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12 located in Ontario Canada. To learn more about the benefits of a Canadian military school experience for your son, contact Robert Land Academy today.