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Should terrorism theory be taught in high school?

Saw this on the morning news and wanted to get an idea what everyone thinks. A brief explanation:

Terrorism is the weapon of those people who are prepared to use violence, but who also believe that they would lose a real power struggle, thus one can say that terrorism is a tool of the weak: they do not have the resources (people, money, political power) to wage a real war. Secondly, and in contrast with standard warfare tactics, the used violence is a means, not a goal in itself, as the main goal is to disturb, expose and highlight the weaknesses and incompetence of the government and civil apparatus. A secondary aspect is achieving their direct political objectives.


Asked by Ginger0104 at 12:20 PM on Aug. 26, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Depends upon the age it is taught to, but a resounding YES! If we can educated people to understand what a terrorist truly wants to gain: terror and stop us from going about our lives and standing by our Constitution and limiting freedoms simply because we are scared, then hell yeah.

    Answer by urkiddingright at 12:26 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Seems to me the best way to get a bunch of apathetic kids to give a damn about what's going on half a world away is to demonstrate to them step by step exactly how it does impact them directly, even if they don't realize it.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:34 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • Sounds fantastic. I mean, not for 2nd graders or anything, but.....yeah!

    Answer by DusterMommy at 12:39 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • An important notion is that its effectiveness depends on the reaction of the opponent, because the terrorist is trying to achieve goals through the reaction on their actions. This is also its Achilles heel: the opponent may act in another way than anticipated, thus having the option to break a vicious circle or downward spiral.
    Terrorist themselves tend to judge the success of an action based on the amount of media coverage (+ propaganda) and the psychological 'warfare' resulting from it; i.e. the instilled fear and sense of insecurity, the idea of 'invisible enemies', not knowing where they are or with how many.
    From a political philosophy point of perspective, terrorism is an indirect strategy.

    Comment by Ginger0104 (original poster) at 12:20 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • We did in my high school and i didn't take AP classes or anything.

    Answer by UpSheRises at 1:04 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • It would be a valuable discussion in high school. If the discussion doesn't border on paranoia.

    Answer by gertie41 at 2:03 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

  • I think the story alluded to was the Australian teacher who gave her high school class an assignment to plan a terrorist attack of any kind. The more innocent people killed the higher the grade. If this is the lesson of which you heard, then, no, I don't think terrorism should be discussed in schools.

    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:52 PM on Aug. 26, 2010

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    Answer by jesse123456 at 8:53 PM on Aug. 26, 2010