BHS Teachers Explain Ukraine Crisis



Students in Ms. White’s World Geography class examine the map to identify Ukraine.

Alex Perricelli, Feature Editor

BHS Teachers Explain the Importance of the Ukraine Crisis


On February 23rd Russia began its assault on Ukraine. Most Americans know that the invasion of Ukraine is happening but they don’t know the impact it has on our day-to-day lives. 

Berthoud High School Social Studies teachers shared their opinions on the crisis and why Americans should care more. Ms. White, the world history and economics teacher, said, “It’s important because their politics are very much intermingled with our own politics. So what they do will impact us and the types of impacts that can be had are things like resources, like oil and gas.” You can see it impacts almost every American just by trade being put on hold. Ms. Crumrine, the Human Geo and Civics teacher, said, “We should be paying attention to what goes on in the Ukraine and anywhere else because of the way that all of our politics intertwine because we are attached to the Ukraine as allies, to support them. If we don’t pay attention, then what else happens afterwards?”

 Ms. White agrees with Ms. Crumrine that we need to help but also it comes with the risk of our fine servicemen and women. Ms. White says, “ It’s also important because all of our fine men and women in the services might have to be deployed elsewhere, and get taken away from their families and loved ones.” 

Parents, brothers, sisters, and children can be taken away from their homes because they are in service to protect the freedom of others as a basic human right. Ms. Steele, the World Geo teacher, said, “the world has kind of come to this conclusion that human rights are a universal issue and that it is not the responsibility of any one country to try to defend human rights. It should instead be the responsibility of the entire world because human rights are something that every person has and carries with them compared to the rights that I have as an American.” 

The human rights viewers of the Ukraine crisis definitely have a great reason to want to help but also the realpolitik side should be taken into consideration. Ms. Steele said, “On the realpolitik side, regardless of whether or not it’s the right thing to do, the United States should still really kind of consider carefully should they get involved in things, for example, that has major concerns and major results of things like oil prices and gas prices.” 

Mrs. Crumrine agrees by saying, “So supply chain issues are going to trickle down. Number one supply chain issue is going to be things like oil and gas. You’re a high school student. A lot of you drive. Your gas is probably going to go up if we start to have supply chain issues there.” 

As high school students, we should look more into the issue because it affects us in our day-to-day lives, Ms. Crumrine said, “ Instead of paying like forty dollars for a tank of gas you will be paying sixty.” Even though Ukraine is thousands of miles away, it’s important and valuable for us as Americans to educate ourselves.