I was twelve years old and attending a public junior high school in New York City. It was a social studies class and the teacher was one Mr Nelson.
My classmates and I entered the classroom and Mr Nelson had a copy of the day’s New York Times for each and everyone of us.
It was the year when President George Bush Sr and the United States declared the first Gulf War against Iraq after Saddam Hussein invaded neighbouring Kuwait.
Mr Nelson gave us twenty minutes to read the story about the war on the front page of the newspaper. He even taught us how to handle and fold a broadsheet!
Once we were done, we were told that we could ask any question we wanted about the story we had just read and about the war. Anything at all.
We started with basic questions like why the US had declared war with Iraq and why Saddam Hussein had sent his troops into Kuwait.
Then we went on to have a lengthy discussion on whether any of us were actually in agreement or disagreement with the decision of the US to declare war with Iraq. [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]