Shawna Bethell

Shawna Bethell is a teacher and freelance writer in Durango, Colorado.

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Monday, June 20, 2011
Let's Teach About War
At what age are young people emotionally mature enough to discuss war as more than an abstract historical event? Eight? Fifteen? Twenty-one? I teach at a small community college, where the number of student veterans is seemingly increasing at a steady rate. Because of the papers they write and the conversations I have had with them, I decided two years ago to implement a unit on war in my Advanced Composition class. For two weeks of each 16-week semester, we focus on the writings of soldiers from Vietnam to the present.
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