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Lowndes students learn about possible war

^Cyndi Harrell ^Cyndi Harrell

February 27, 2003

Lowndes County - A South Georgia teacher is using a unique approach to teaching her students about the situation in the Middle East.

Instead of assigning textbook readings or traditional homework assignments, Cyndi Harrell requests that her students watch the news each night and research the most important issue in the world today.

"I don't want them to be ignorant about what's going on around them," said Harrell. "I want them to know both sides of stories and formulate their own opinions."

"We watched Colin Powell's speech, the State of the Union Address, read magazines, and search the issues on the Internet," said Matt Cook.

For Amanda Woodard, whose father is being deployed to Korea, the issue is especially important. "I don't want him to go and the idea of war is really threatening to me," said Woodard.

Ms. Harrell has also set up a system for her students to email the troops with the thoughts and support. "This is the first time they've had to deal with a war because they were just babies in Desert Storm," said Harrell. "I keep telling them that this will be in the history books of their children."

The students say they hope the United States doesn't go to war with Iraq, but from their research and assignments, it looks as if it may be inevitable.

posted at 1:15 by ashley.harper@walb.com