Today in class we were honored to have to members of the Veterans for Peace organization join us about their experience in the military. Ms Groebner contacted the non-partisan speakers to share their experiences and choices they made during the 1960’s while the country was recruiting soldiers during our armed conflict in
Their message was simple. They cautioned our graduating seniors against the dangers of racism that had been instilled in them during basic training and spoke about the danger of not having an action plan after graduation from high school.
Impressed by the positive culture that exudes from each student and faculty member as you walk through the halls of the building, Dayl Wise (Speaker) said, “I arrived here early and I was totally impressed, not only with the school’s physical environment, but with the attitude of the student body... you can tell that there is something special going on here.” Dayl has spoke at numerous high schools throughout the country and clearly has a solid basis for comparison.
Ms. Grantz, Mr. Shatz, Mr. Eddelson, Mr. Brown, and Ms, Groebner would like to extend a warm thanks to Dayl Wise and Jim Murphy for coming to our school and sharing their experiences with a (Montessori and Friere) Participation in Government class. I persoanlly would like to thank Ruth for once agian providing such a rich educational environment in my classroom.
Check out pics from class in thsi brief video : http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4264646037143288688
Guiding Questions for comments:
- After listening to the speakers, how did you come to understand their reasons for joining the military?
- What actions must seniors take to avoid letting others make choices for us?
- What is your plan after high school?
- What role does racism play when war is involved?
- When Michael Z asked, “Did war make you a better person? What was Jim Murphy’s response?
- Dayl spoke briefly about the “stare of a little girl” as he took a shortcut through her house; how did this affect him?
- Please fell free to ask more questions.