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A New Approach to observing Veterans Day: In the Schools

Personal Commentary

By Peggy Fudge

I think the idea of Veterans Day as a school holiday is good. But, I don't think it will accomplish intended purpose.

It will be just another day off. Maybe it could become a day of focus and education (in all classes, not just social studies) about all American Vets, from all wars and conflicts.

Numerous DVDs are available, there are manhy downloads from PBS, and the history teachers could lead discussions.

Leading up to the day, students could interview family members, bring photos, draw pictures, all depicting what it means to be an American Vet.

Every class subject could have a topic.
Econ or math - how much does (or did) it cost to outfit a person in the military?

Science - What diseases did the soldiers face?

Home Ec - How and what did they eat and carry out the details of daily life?
The school day could end with students gathering together for a program with a few songs and readings and maybe a few words from a local veteran.

The possibilities for a Veterans Day in the schools are numerous and can encompass all age groups.

And maybe it would teach the students a new respect for American Veterans. - Peggy Fudge Comments re article 81331 Joe Hare thinks Veterans Day should be school holiday

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