Learning from Katrina

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Margaret Crocco, professor of social studies and education at Teachers College, Columbia University and Bob Herbert, New York Times columnist and author of Promises Betrayed: Waking up from the American Dream, (Times Books, 2005) explain how they use the Hurricane Katrina aftermath to teach about race and class in the U.S.

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Comments [4]

J.C. from Minneapolis

I'd like to quibble with Ms. Klein on the point that a miltary draft would guarantee some sort of deep reflection about going to war.

I think it's pie-in-the-sky thinking to believe that a draft would stop war or slow down the drive towards it. Why wouldn't the existence of more troops in the military simply increase the pressure on those who oppose a war to "shut and 'support' the troops"?

I also think that the idea that a draft will prevent war in the U.S. ignores the fact that standing armies threaten democracy. Since Ms. Klein is talking about conservatives using crises to force through normally controversial ideas, wouldn't a larger army (full of draftees) mean that American presidents would be so very tempted to start wars and conflicts with all those troops? After all, what president would hate the popularity that war can bring?

I think the problem (if there is one) of America not thinking about war lies in other traits in the body politic and not with the draft or lack thereof.

(Oh yes, I also disagree that the draft ended the Vietnam War, but that's another topic.)

Sep. 18 2007 11:38 AM
as from NYC

Typical liberal Nazi forcefed hogwash: We'll teach you about a natural disaster, OUR way.

Sep. 18 2007 11:02 AM
M. L.

In response to one of the callers, one might want to read Sierra Club's response to criticism that they prevented the Army Corps of Engineers from fortifying levees in New Orleans:

Sep. 18 2007 11:00 AM
Jeffrey Slott from East Elmhurst

"Hurricane Katrina wasn't a big hurricane by hurricane standards" Wow, the stuff that comes out of conservatives' mouths... What are they smoking?

Sep. 18 2007 10:58 AM

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