Kids on the war

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Mary Ann Bogart knows that children are paying attention to the war.

Bogart, a fourth-grade social studies teacher at Second Street School, encourages her students talk about the war in class as part of their discussion of current events.

"They are very aware of the world situation," Bogart said. "With war, I have to be very careful how I approach it. But they're so savvy. They watch television and they speak with their parents. What really gets children interested in social studies is if they can talk about the things that are going on in the world."

Bogart said she noticed how engrossed her students were when they discussed the U.S.S. Cole that was blown up a couple of years ago, and later, the accidental loss of a Russian submarine.

"Then September 11 occurred, and from there, I couldn't get their noses out of newspapers," Bogart said.

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