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Teaching About 9/11 in Schools

Some of this year’s incoming 4th graders weren’t even a gleam in their parents’ eyes as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded (my son included).

And up until now, this first generation of children who didn’t have a lasting, conscious impression of that day might have been too young to even comprehend its impact when the subject has come up since. But as time goes on, the lessons surrounding that day become more teachable and in many ways, even more important to impart.

So how do we explain the significance of 9/11 in the history of our world, our nation, our communities and even within our own families?

Well, I was intrigued to read how the story is unfolding in classrooms around the country. It reassures me to know that resources are being dedicated to developing curriculum and educators are participating in an exchange of lesson plans.

How do you feel about your children learning about 9/11 in school? Have you made it a point to talk about it at home, even with your young ones?

2 Responses to “Teaching About 9/11 in Schools”

  1. diane rene says:

    three of my four children were actually at the top of WTC2 2 weeks before they fell. the youngest was still under 2 years of age, but we have pictures that we took on that trip – both from the top, and in the foreground of them. these pics are scattered throughout the house and we talk often about that day.

    while my youngest is still, well, young and doesn’t quite grasp the idea of why someone would do something so horrible, she does know there is a significance to 9/11 (“is that the day your friend almost died at work?”). I take any mention of that day as an opportunity to talk to my children about the reasons behind the attacks that day, as well as appreciating those you hold dear in your life.

    you just never know when everything you know will change.

    • suzanne says:

      You couldn’t be more right Diane. It’s a lesson that will stay with those of us who experienced it first hand for life. And it’s something we should share with our children, in ways that they can understand. Our dinner conversation went there tonight, and my son learned a lot of the details he never knew from us, but also shared the stories he’s heard from friends whose dads and uncles were firefighters there that day. It is a reminder of all that we have and why we should hold on tight.

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