For many members of Generation X like me, the notion of a militarized school is a direct assault on our anti-establishment and indie-thinking ideals.
Could my bias be rooted in myth?
Many of us perceive these institutions to be a place for troubled boys; a prep school for boot camp; a place to send troubled kids to be fixed.
To challenge or prove these assumptions, I spent a year embedded in a military academy high school in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods.
Here is what I found.