An Education

by Ryan on May 27, 2006

in Anything Else,Politics

Yesterday, my brother, Staff Sergeant Patrick Hynes, was kind enough to drive down to New Jersey (by Rhode Island standards a very big undertaking to be on the road 4 full hours!). The purpose was double– visit his brother (me), as well as speak to my classes about his experiences in Iraq.

On the first end, we had a great dinner Thursday at this place called The Hearth, then smoked a nasty cigar and pounded a few in true brotherly form. Getting up Friday was tough, but we pulled it off.

On the education front, I was able to get a large lecture hall and invited eight other teachers to visit with different classes throughout the day. I introduced him, then he showed two slide-show videos, 95% of which was taken by his camera:

  1. the typical media portrayal of violent, bloody Iraq
  2. the good-will ambassador relief effort, everyday life near Sadr City, Iraq

Then, he took Q&A for about 15 minutes at the end of each period. It was a lesson on HIS contrasting experiences (his Hummer was IED’d 3 times!) and on storytelling– if you want a gloomy Iraq you can find it; if you want a great humanitarian story, you can find that story as well, as he has seen them both up close and personal.

The kids asked GREAT questions and the teachers were thoroughly impressed. Yes, there was that one out-of-touch ex-hippie teacher that was offended by some of the images, threatened to email my supervisor (who I invited, by the way) her complaints, and made snide comments throughout the video portion of the presentation to the revulsion of those around her. She was only there one period… actually, my boss liked it so much, he stayed for two!

My students got a real education yesterday and I just wanted to give props to my brother for his service and the favor to come down and visit my classes!

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Mike May 27, 2006 at 1:02 pm

I wish I could have been there. Props to your brother, you and your boss!


Chris May 28, 2006 at 9:24 am

It was a great presentation…I enjoyed meeting your brother, was quite impressed with his presentation and also how the students were so into it!


rightonoz May 28, 2006 at 10:47 pm

Have to say, I would have enjoyed seeing such a presentation from one of the real hero’s of Iraq.

Politicians are always claiming the credit for battles won and lives saved, but it’s the soldier on the ground who is the real achiever and the real hero.

Always has been and always will.


Ryan May 29, 2006 at 12:48 pm

Exactly. What was General Eisenhower without “GI Joe?” What was General Grant without the “Boys in Blue?”


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