High Schoolers Watch Powell's Speech

Teacher Earl Jackson writes key words on the board during Powell's address.
Teacher Earl Jackson writes key words on the board during Powell's address.

Secretary of State Colin Powell's address at the United Nations was history in the making. Many teachers felt it necessary to take time out from regular lessons to allow their students to watch live. WTOC spent the morning in a US history class, where for many students it was an eye opener. Powell's speech really drove home just how serious this situation is.

Earl Jackson's US history class can literally see the writing on the wall; words like Persian Gulf and Saddam Hussein dot the board, and  Jackson had Colin Powell's speech echoing through the classroom in a lesson these students are learning before it hits their history books.

"It shows them the seriousness of it, how people from other countries react, what we're concerned about," Jackson told us.

Students watched intently, taking notes on Powell's warning to the world, opening their eyes to how serious this situation really is.

"Dude proved a point, that they're hiding weapons and stuff and they still have it," said 11th grader Isaac Johnson.

And when Powell played the recorded conversations between Iraqi officials--the room fell still.

"He went and described the messages it proved they were talking about stuff they shouldn't be talking about," said classmate Jarvis Landon.

The idea of war scares people like Isaac whose brother is stationed in Kuwait, but he says he is not worried about an attack here.

"I worry about Bin Laden before I worry about Saddam at home," he said.

Jackson is quizzing his students on Powell's speech to make sure they were listening. He wants them to be well informed when and if we go to war, so they can pass their knowledge on to future generations.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com