A slick, full-color print ad that has appeared in numerous publications features a child writing on a chalk board: "A histery of Irak" with a caption punch line: "Debating Iraq is tough. Spelling it shouldn't be."
As a classroom teacher, I have no problem with the notion that kids should be able to spell the words "history" and "Iraq." But I am even more interested that they understand something about the history of the Iraq War.
There is no indication that even a penny of the Gates money or any of the policies of Ed in '08 encourage teachers or schools to debate the war in our nation's classrooms. In fact, since September 2001, a nearly McCarthy-like "anti-terrorism" atmosphere in schools and society, combined with an obscene obsession with standardized testing and factual minutia, have left most substantive classroom conversations behind.
There is another campaign however — running on a shoestring budget — that is encouraging people to not only talk about and discuss the war, but to act on their beliefs.