Using Living Histories to Explore the Significance of Sacrifice: The 70th Anniversary of VJ Day


1520px-War_EndsAugust marks the 70th anniversary of the close of WWII. What significance does this month hold for adolescents today? The world has changed in many ways, but the values that brought it out of those dark days are more important than ever. In this edWeb webinar, hosted by the Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice community, presenter Cathy Ehlers-Metcalf guided a discussion on August 1945 and what that month meant to the United States, Japan, the world, and the future. Specifically, why does it still matter today? The sacrifices made then are validated — or wasted — by the choices we make now. The history is 70-year-old news, but the lessons from it are applicable across disciplines, geographies, and decades.

Ehlers-Metcalf, who is Vice President of Education for the MOH Character Development Program, shared ways to make that monumental month meaningful to all students today. Attendees explored free classroom resources from the MOH Character Development Program, examined practical lesson ideas appropriate for a variety of grade levels, and learned how to increase students’ knowledge of VJ Day and the final chapter of WWII with “living histories” and accompanying instructional activities.

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Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice is a professional learning community, hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation that highlights a free character education program that includes lesson plans, video vignettes, webinars and primary source documents for secondary school teachers to use in the classroom as examples of courage, integrity, and good citizenship.  The program is built on the premise that all people have within them the capacity for extraordinary bravery and selfless service.  This program is sponsored by Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

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