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    It was supposedly not just a generic class, but a "military history" course. Why a HS might have multiple sections of a specifically military history class is a question in its own right.

    Cothren, the daughter of a World War II POW, regularly has veterans visit her classroom to help teach her military history course, Mikkelson writes. A recurring theme in her lessons on World War II and the Vietnam War is an appreciation for members of the armed forces.
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    Maybe it was just a specific military focused unit, but it does sound like it is a whole course on that subject alone.

    Mentor Teacher Award for her work with student intern Austin Emerson. Cothren has 38 years of teaching experience, which she shared with Emerson. In his nomination of Cothren for the award, Emerson credited her for the time she spends preparing for her classes. For example, during her Warzone class (wars of the 20th century), she meets with veterans at the Veterans of Foreign Wars office (VFW).
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    “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

    by Catte Nappe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 11:07:19 AM PDT

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      What does military history have to do with earning the right to a desk

      •  In a simplistic jingoistic kind of way (0+ / 0-)

        It speaks to the role of the military in protecting our freedoms and rights - including for a public school education.

        “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

        by Catte Nappe on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 12:11:00 PM PDT

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        •  Which is what makes me crazy (1+ / 0-)
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          I am an Army brat. I am a child of the 60s and 70s. I lived on Army posts during the Viet Nam War where we held our breath every day hoping it wouldn't be someone we knew and loved who would be the next casualty or POW.

          I watched my dad finally be free of the horrors of WWII Kamikaze attacks and 2 tours in Viet Nam when Alzheimer's finally robbed him of all his memories, even the PTSD ones. From May 20, 1945 until 2009 he spent the last part of May dreading the anniversary. Finally in 2009 that memory was wiped out with the memory of the names of his family and all the other parts of his life. From 2009 to his death in 2011 he had a measure of peace from the ravages of war.

          It is too trivial, too mundane to say that his suffering and the deaths of the men he served with was so we could have school desks.

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