Student A: He's not patriotic!
Mrs. Scribe: Why would you say something like that?
Student A: He's against our troops!
Student B: I'm against the war! I support the troops!
Mrs. Scribe: Are the 2 mutually exclusive?
That question usually brings a "Huh?" moment to a group of agitated, but perplexed, high-schoolers. The convo then comes to a stop, Real Quick. With so many kids at Our Humble High School from Military Families, tempers tend to run high, especially on Veterans Day. And no, we don't have today off. While you're home watching Meredith, Matt, Ann & Al, we're Toiling in the Salt Mines. Just Another day.
Or is it?
Always a good moment for a Journal Writing Assignment, right?
Sounds like a matter of semantics. But think about the statement, "I'm against the war." Nothing in that sentence says a thing about the Armed Forces.
Could Student B possibly be onto something here? Mrs. Scribe is an American. She Supports the Troops. Please remember that they're in Harm's Way when you think about them today.