Idaho Public Television recently hosted two screenings of the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick film The Vietnam War for educators. The exclusive screener featured an hour of highlights from the 18-hour documentary, which began airing on PBS stations in September.
Following the screening at South Junior High School in Boise, IdahoPTV’s education specialist, Cindy Lunte, led a panel discussion with Vietnam War veterans and a representative from the Boise Vet Center, himself an Iraq War veteran. The servicemen spoke of their experiences in war and the response from civilians upon their return home.
A panel of veterans also took part in a screening at Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
As part of each event, IdahoPTV’s teacher ambassador, Kari Wardle, shared with educators some of the more than 40 resources produced by PBS to enhance classroom discussions of the Vietnam War.
“We were excited to host these events for educators to talk about the Vietnam War,” Wardle says. “The veterans shared powerful lessons they learned from the war and told teachers what they want the young people of today to know — that we need to separate the war from the warrior and take care of the warrior.”