JUNE 28, 2004 - Posted at 7:28 a.m. CDT
WALNUT RIDGE, AR - Lloyd Clark, who served with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War, says he always gets questions about the war from seventh and eighth-graders he teaches. Clark, a teacher at Walnut Ridge, says the first question is often whether he killed anybody in the war. He says he tells the people who ask that to mind their manners, and tells them that war veterans don't like to talk about that subject.
Clark spokes to other teachers last week at a workshop on teaching the Vietnam War to junior high and senior high students. Participants said problems with teaching about the war stem in part from the fact that many Americans still have strong feelings about it, for and against. And they also said that, as a relatively recent event, it is often taught late in the school year, when teachers and students are thinking about spring break, final exams and the end of the year.