The classes, scheduled to last up to four hours a week, will cover a variety of topics, including Poland's participation in NATO war-games and the bloc's potential permanent base in the country (something Germany has opposed).
Professor Anna Razny of Krakow's Jagiellonian University told Sputnik Poland that the lessons are another demonstration of Poles' eagerness for "Americanization."
"I think that this is a very important process for Poles' national identity. I call it the Americanization of national identity, since NATO is a certain element of the American globalization of the world. That means that the preparation of Polish youth from middle school for this kind of role, at the initiative of the US, is carefully thought out. It is no coincidence."
"These are the same processes of Americanization of Poles' national consciousness which began in 1989, since then Poland re-orientated its foreign policy, broke with communism and at the same time with Russia, the USSR and consequently the Russian Federation. What is happening at the moment is the next stage of that Americanization of Poles' national consciousness."Libya, their teacher is unlikely to stray from the standard answer – "democracy."
"We know that this is the democracy of vampires, a democracy which has taken the blood of innocent people, resettlement, flows of refugees."
"But I cannot imagine that a teacher who wants to keep their job could honestly answer that this is aggression which has nothing in common with democracy, that US intervention and NATO troops have destroyed the lives of millions of people and children, that the countries of the Middle East have had their development prospects arrested for decades to come. Who needs that kind of answer?"