Saturday, July 03, 2010

Sometimes...

... my students speak from personal experience.

Usually it's about the death of a parent, child or sibling -- other times it's about being a stripper or having a cousin get the death penalty.

When my students speak of direct experiences in war, it always gives me pause. Many of those experiences are as members of the US military -- but, it's becoming more common for students to start a sentence with, 'when I lived in ________, there was a war'.

It makes me remember that, while I have theoretical knowledge of war and a dissertation on the ethics of warfare, they've been there --- on both sides.

7 comments:

Arbitrista said...

Grim. I was lucky in that I came from a military family but it was in a period without direct exposure to war. I'm very afraid that we're entering into another of those eras in which there's a great deal of fighting, but I hope I'm wrong.

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