Making opportunities to have kids learn about World War II heroism is important, as members of the Greatest Generation are in very advanced years and the history of that era shaped the world we live in today.
In a novel approach to learning about the unique challenges of this era, a fifth grade class at Chattanooga School for the Arts wore gold paper clips, symbolizing resistance to intolerance.
The students learned that Norwegians showed their opposition to Nazi Germany during the war by wearing paper clips. They felt this would be a way to share their opposition to intolerance as well.
“The students have been trying to understand why people would hurt each other like this,” said Tina Whaley, a gigth grade teacher. “We have been talking about how we can prevent this from happening again, and what the students’ roles are in determining our future.”
The class said they were greatly affected by what they had learned.
“Learning this stuff changed me,” Noah Akins said. “It’s made me think about how we treat each other.