Daniel White, the new fifth-grade social studies teacher at DeWitt Elementary (Arkanaas) has seven years of teaching experience — and two tours in Iraq. A captain in the National Guard, White served from 2004-05 and again in 2008, with the 39th Infantry Brigade.
“I was able to see the first election in Iraq,” he said. “I’ve been to the Ishtar Gate and the city of Ur.”
During his first tour, White visited schools in Iraq. Students risked being caught in crossfire to walk to school, he said. When they got there, “They didn’t play around.”
I hope his U.S. students will get the message.