Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Teachers to broach 9/11 carefully, if at all

Article in the The Denver Post

No mandatory assemblies. No guest speakers or dedicated lesson plans. Most teachers in Colorado won't teach any special curriculum today, the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.

"We don't make a big deal of it in our schools," says Dorsee Johnson- Tucker of Lakewood High School. "I teach world history, and I don't do things super-special on 9/11."

For those students too young to have fully experienced 9/11, its tale is more likely to arrive thematically these days, merged with stories of other atrocities.

Still important, still tragic, but in context.

Is it really a good idea to not discuss with students the pinnacle of events that finally caused America to realize that we are in a fight for our lives and liberties against radical islamists? Students have a lot of questions and concerns about the current fighting going on in Iraq and Afghanistan, especially since they are coming to an age where they may be considering military service. To ignore 9/11, or to treat it like any other day, is equivalent to placing the heads of the next generation firmly in the sand.

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