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Veterans in the classroom is a good idea

June 15, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Just about everyone looks to the Internet for information at one time or another. It's often where we seek the advice or perception of others. Product ratings, customer comments and the dozens of review sites are just a few examples.

Therefore, it's safe to say people like hearing from those who have been there and done that. Some students in the West Virginia public school system, especially those in Upshur County, may get the opportunity to incorporate some of that first-hand knowledge into their curriculum.

For the past few years, members of the Frank B. Bartlett American Legion Post 7 have been talking with state Board of Education officials about implementing mandatory patriotism classes. Some of those courses are now scheduled for this fall.

This week, Post 7's Bob Horn said he thinks the classes should be taught through the true experience of veterans. We agree that this would make a wonderful and exciting addition to the students' class. What better way for our youth to learn about the history of our nation's wars and conflicts than from those who were actually there? There could be no other match for the descriptive stories of their experiences.

It also seems these types of presentations would be interesting to students and, therefore, help them gain a deeper understanding of American history. In fact, Horn and some other veterans have been visiting some classrooms in Upshur County for the past two years, and they report a positive response.

We encourage our area school systems to incorporate veterans' participation into their lesson plans.



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