I have a confession: When I work from home, I get easily annoyed by all the noise outside. A barking dog across the street. The scream of sirens from ambulances and fire trucks that constantly pass by and shake the street. The buzz of police helicopters as they fly above in search of shooting suspects. Yes, there’s quite a bit of gunfire near my apartment. Sometimes it’s fatal.

Despite the chaos just outside my window, it all pales in comparison to a full-scale war. Which is why you have to admire the Ukrainian teachers and students who still do their best to teach and learn even as rockets and drones fired by Russian forces rain down on their country – including on their schools.

Kristina Hook, an assistant professor of conflict management at Kennesaw State University, captures the resolve of Ukrainian teachers in a piece about how the war ravaging their country has affected – but not stopped – Ukrainian students as they struggle to continue their education amid the chaos, conflict and carnage.

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Jamaal Abdul-Alim

Education Editor

In the remains of her classroom, 16-year-old Khrystyna Ignatova visits her desk in the Chernihiv School #21, in Chernihiv, Ukraine. AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Russia’s war in Ukraine threatens students daily and forces teachers to improvise

Kristina Hook, Kennesaw State University

The war in Ukraine affects everyone – including teachers and students, who are meeting the challenges with their people’s famed determination.


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