Three or four times I’ve started out to look at events of September 11, today. Apart from my understanding that too much action was started in the wake of the events of September 11, 2001, without understanding the history of the people involved, the nations involved, or the people to be involved in future action, the posts all dissolve into rant.
Anger makes it difficult to say anything erudite, or informative. Maybe later.
I would like to hear from teachers who dealt with kids today. It was six years ago — high school students, and perhaps 7th and 8th graders, have great interest in the World Trade Center bombings, and often those interests produce questions that go unanswered. In one six-week period, I had a woman (now graduated) who complained that we didn’t spend enough time on the event — a week would have been appropriate, she thought, in a course that covered from 1900 to 2005 in six weeks.
What are your students’ concerns. What do you do in class to commemorate the events, or to teach from the events, and what do you wish you could do?
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