What is a difference between the boys at Devon during WWII and teens today, with the war in Iraq? (other than technology, fashion, language)I already have creativity and involment in war..thank...

What is a difference between the boys at Devon during WWII and teens today, with the war in Iraq? (other than technology, fashion, language)

I already have creativity and involment in war..thank you for your help.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In WWII male teenagers expected to be drafted and called up to fight. It was an obligation. Today male teenagers can choose whether or not to enlist. 

This seems like the most significant change from then to now. 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with katemschultz - there is a big difference between the war in Iraq and the II World War in so many ways, both in scope, importance and the sheer number of soldiers that were required to fight in that war. Fighting in that war was much more of a duty or responsibility rather than the war in Iraq in which only the people who were already soldiers were involved in. The second world war affected every single area of life of the young men in this novel, which is why the "war" is such an important theme - both the literal war fought across the world and the "war" in the boys' souls and hearts.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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One thing that I found interesting was the relationship between the boys and their teachers. There seemed to be no relationship at all outside the classroom. None of the boys seemed to have a mentor at school or a teacher to turn to for help or advice. Today, many students become close to at least some of their teachers. They know these teachers care about them and can be trusted to lend a hand or listen to a problem in a student's time of need. Many students today stay in contact with their teachers long after leaving school. The teachers at Devon seemed to play no role in the boys' "real life."

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katemschultz | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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You may want to consider that a lot of men (especially of the boys' ages) considered it their duty to serve their country in the time of war, whereas today, it's more of a choice, and a choice that is, in many circles, frowned upon.

I also think the boys in Devon were more informed about the progress of the war and cared more about what was going on in WWI than teens do today about what is going on in Iraq.

In a similar fashion, I think teens today help in different ways (i.e., writing letters to soldiers, sending school supplies, books, shoes to kids in Iraq) than teenagers would have then.

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