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War, peace on lesson plan

Chicago school officials say they will bring the issues of war and peace into many classrooms Friday. “There is no better place than school to address this,” said schools chief Arne Duncan. The district, in an e-mail to 600 principals last Friday, recommended that time be set aside this week to discuss the possibility of war with Iraq, students’ views on the threat of terrorism and any other concerns they may have. Principals and teachers are being encouraged to invite guest speakers or come up with other creative methods of addressing the issues with their students in age-appropriate ways. Counselors and other support personnel will be available. At Lincoln Park High School, Erik Young teaches world studies and geography. His classes are ethnically diverse, and so are their viewpoints. Young said he just completed a section on culture, language, religion and border disputes that provided the perfect fodder for discussions on current events surrounding Iraq and the war on terror. Young said the perspective of some students is shaped entirely by the events of Sept. 11, 2001. Other students, especially those with ties to foreign countries, have a longer, more global view, citing such things as the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Full Story

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