Mark Street is an associate professor of visual arts at Fordham University. In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mark writes about military veterans in the classroom. He has constantly followed with interest the national conversation about the important role of colleges in easing the transition of military veterans into the classroom, but hopes that those discussions don’t eclipse the value these veteran students bring to higher education.
Street says “they inject a clarity and immediacy to discussions and debates, and we all profit from their presence.”
He can ultimately see the divide the classroom between students who have served in the military and those who haven’t as a healthy addition to the classroom. The presence of military veterans personifies and humanizes conflict in provocative ways and forces Street to re-examine his own values.