Lake City High School History Teacher Covers Russia-Ukraine Conflict in Class

In history class, you typically learn about what’s happened in the past.

School0But Lake City High School U.S. History teacher, Dustin Webb, is teaching about the present conflict between Ukraine and Russia—and why it’s important for students to keep up on current events.

“Normally we don’t focus a whole lot on world events unless it directly involves the United States,” said Webb. “Now we have an opportunity to take a look at some thing that could potentially involve the United States, and obviously our involvement in it has gotten greater and greater as time has gone on.”

Once a week, Webb’s sophomore U.S. History class is going to be vetting and choosing news articles to share in class about the conflict.

“Not only are we tracking the battles and that kind of stuff, but internationally what’s happening and how does our role as a country play in to that,” said Webb.

Webb said he’s gotten a lot of questions from his students about the conflict.

“I didn’t start initially covering it right away because we didn’t have a lot to go off of,” he said. “But as soon as the invasion started, it was like, ok now we have some things that we can take a look at, and we can process a little bit more in depth.”

One of his students, sophomore Sabina Nawcombe, said she wants to learn more about how the people in Ukraine, and in Russia, are feeling about this war.

“I haven’t learned a lot about the Ukraine,” Nawcombe said. “I’ve only known that they’re not happy about the situation. I really want to know what are they going to do, what is their situation, and same thing in Russia. What are people doing in Russia? How are their lives going, their day to day? They still have to go to school, go to jobs, how are they feeling in that situation?”

Nawcombe’s classmate, sophomore Brodie Wilton, has similar questions.

“How are the people around it looking at it?” he said. “I know that in Russia, there have been protests about pulling troops, and other parts of Ukraine where there isn’t immediate fighting, how are they viewing everything and what are they trying to do to help?”

Webb will be spending time in class helping his students find reliable articles and news sources that answer their questions.

“The day and age that we live in where they’re bombarded with [the media] all the time, and not necessarily knowing where to find reliable information, this is going to teach them how to vet their information that they’re processing and consuming,” he said. “I would love for them to remember the stories that we learn and talk about in here, but moving forward, how can they be responsible consumers of media, because that’s ultimately the skill set that they’re learning in here.”