In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, schools nationwide are integrating the historic event into classroom lessons. A Wisconsin high-school teacher is using the event to teach students about writing and critical thinking. A Virginia educator said he planned to teach the facts of the incident and potentially address the conspiracy theories. However, an educator at a California school named after Kennedy said it's possible the effect of JFK and his legacy are lost on today's students.
CBS News, starting today at 1:38 p.m., is airing on its website its coverage of President John F. Kennedy being shot in Dallas just as it unfolded 50 years ago. The network will stream all of its reports of the shooting, which also took place on a Friday, through Kennedy's funeral, which was held the following Monday in 1963.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, and teachers are getting creative in how they mark the day with students. Teachers reportedly are planning everything from showing students raw footage of the shooting to taking students on a virtual tour of the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas and viewing a PBS documentary of the 35th president. One Texas school district even created a documentary on the topic.
Londaryl Perry, a high-school history teacher in Oklahoma, said he will use footage of President John F. Kennedy's assassination to help teach students about the 50th anniversary of his death. "Those kids need to understand. They need to see. That's when you take time to reflect," Perry said.
Students and teachers joined other volunteers to create art and decorate various locations across Dallas with posters carrying messages of love. The Dallas Love Project took place Saturday on International Day of Peace and in honor of the 50th anniversary of the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the Texas city. The project, led by the organization 29 Pieces, included more than 30,000 posters that promote peace and understanding with original art, including thousands from one school district. The effort "brings out the best in kids and shows them how much their voice matters," high-school teacher Karen Isbell said.