ROBERT C. KOEHLER – Whatâ€™s the difference between education and obedience? If you see very little, you probably have no problem with the militarization of the American school system â€” or rather, the militarization of the impoverished schools . . . the ones that canâ€™t afford new textbooks or functional plumbing, much less art supplies or band equipment. My town, Chicago, is a case study in this national trend.