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Facing History Class Learns About Crisis in Syria

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Students in Mrs. Renken's Facing History class have been keeping a close eye on events that are currently occurring in Syria.  On Tuesday students became more informed about the history of Syria and learned more about the causes of the civil war that started over two years ago in that country.  They also watched video of Secretary of State John Kerry pleading that America respond to President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons. 

On Wednesday students elected Dylan Mackichan as their President and conducted a mock Presidential cabinet meeting.  President Mackichan heard arguments from his cabinet asking that he 1) do nothing  2) bomb Syria in retaliation for President al-Assad's actions  3)  enact economic sanctions on the country of Syria or 4) send humanitarian aid to the refugees and victims of Syria.  Several cabinet members gave enthusiastic and emotional arguments before the President, especially cabinet member Rhett Page.  Mr. Page implored that President Mackichan bomb Syria or "the blood of the Syrian people will rest on your conscience!" After much deliberation President Mackichan issued his ruling of sending humanitarian aid to the citizens of Syria. One of the outcomes of this activity was that students realized the difficulty of knowing what the right solution was to this problem.  Each solution has its own consequences and there is no clear cut answer as to what should be done.  It is a very difficult situation.

To conclude the activity, students made a poster and a video and uploaded it to the I Am Syria web site and Facebook page to show their support of the Syrian people. Throughout the course of our semester, students in the Facing History class will be learning about the events of the Holocaust as well as more modern genocides and will grapple with difficult questions such as what is the role of the military in a humanitarian crisis and what should be the role of the world community in individual countries. 

STORY UPDATE: The I AM SYRIA organization posted the following comment on their Facebook page to the Freeman Students.  "Thank you to all of the students in this video for standing in solidarity with the Syrian people. Our time is now to raise up and make a difference. We must pass on the message of those that are suffering. We Are Syria!"






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