Chartiers Valley Class Puts Cold War into Perspective
David Mayernik, Jr., Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
For many adults, the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union was an ongoing part of their lives.
But to Chartiers Valley High School students too young to remember, the ideological and political tensions between the two superpowers and their allies might as well be ancient history.
This historic period of upheaval from the mid-1940s through the early 1990s was put in sharp focus at a recent "Cold War Museum Night" in the school cafeteria.
As part of the project, 250 students in World History classes worked in teams to research, design and construct stand-up exhibits explaining one of 66 events and people -- ranging from the Marshall Plan and the "Space Race," to President Richard Nixon and revolutionary Che Guevara -- that were a significant part of the era.
They presented their projects and knowledge to a panel of 25 judges, who graded them on visual appeal and expertise on their topic.
This year's event was organized by Brianna Carney, a student teacher from Carlow University.
She believes the United States is still dealing with aftershocks of Cold War events, including satellite wars in Korea and Vietnam and nuclear arms proliferation. …