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Tuesday’s are not a usual blog day for What’s Right in Education; then again, today is no ordinary Tuesday. Today my colleagues and friends and most if not all media outlets and organizations communicate remembrances of the terrorist attacks from September 11, 2001, eleven years ago. Last week in U.S. News & World Report Kelsey Sheehy wrote:

Schools across the country will mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks next week with memorials, moments of silence, and special lesson plans. Teaching high school students about 9/11 and its aftermath is a lofty task, as most students were not old enough to remember and understand the attacks, and many educators will need to wade through the emotions and stereotypes already woven into the narrative.

One organization that does that is the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. Check out their website for the following resources: Lesson Plans; Teaching Guides; Education Goals; Talking to Children about 9/11; and Webcasts.

A colleague offered the following “survival rates” (no cite) via email this morning prefacing its distribution with:

I’ve kept this on my computer for 10 years now – this was sent to me by a friend on the 1st anniversary of the attacks… For some of us, it’s one of the monumental moments in your life when you can recall exactly where you were, who you were with, what you said, what you felt, the tears you cried when every single TV station stopped their programming and broadcasted the events and the sky above your house was completely black because every single flight across the US was grounded. A day to remember those who were lost, those who were heroes, those who defend our country.

In a letter by 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels commemorating the 11th Anniversary of 9/11, he writes:

Today, we honor the thousands of innocent men, women, and children who were taken from us too soon eleven years ago… Together, we will remember the devastating loss and reflect on the preciousness of life… Despite the unimaginable tragedy of 9/11 itself, this day is also about the spirit of unity that came in the aftermath. It showed us that the best of humanity can overcome the worst hate. It gave us hope for the future.

Let’s work with parents, teachers, and schools to share this hope for all kids as we join in remembering those who were lost eleven years ago.



Sheehy, Kelsey. (09.05.2012). High Schools Teachers Address Post-9/11 Stereotypes. U.S. News & World Report. Available online.

The 9/11 Memorial. Online information and resources at http://www.911memorial.org.

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