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Middle East Peace Conference Staged by 9th Grade Students

posted Nov 4, 2013, 11:05 AM by butch.richards@rsu20.org

On Monday, October 21st, the 15th annual Advanced World Geography Middle East Peace Conference was held in Room 207 of Belfast Area High School.  After handing in their first formal research essay of the year, answering the question, "What role does your country or organization play in the problems facing the Middle East today?", students came together to tackle the myriad of troubles that currently face the Mideast.  Topics ranged from the recent gas attacks in Syria, overdependence on oil, terrorism, to the role the United States should play in the region.  Led by teacher Molly Ross, students explored possible solutions and found that the complexities of religion, politics and oil leave few clear answers to inhabitants of the Middle East.  So, while once again there were few feasible options put forward, students gained a deeper understanding of the current events they hear on the news each evening.  It was a fun and interesting class.