Teachers prepare for 10th anniversary of Sept. 11

“Almost every generation has its pivotal moment. If you talk to the World War II generation, they can tell you where they were when they heard about Pearl Harbor. If you talk to my generation, we can tell you where we were when we heard about John Kennedy. The emotions are part of it. When we are teaching it, we can use the emotions to make it real, but we must be very careful not to present an unbalanced approach,” Blanchette said.

The lack of set standards for discussing 9-11 allows for some degree of flexibility in the classroom.

“There’s no official curriculum on 9-11 yet. … There have been a few state efforts and so forth, but there really isn’t much for teachers to reach out and get right now,” Carroll said.

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“Most schools are looking for ways to memorializing through art, music, and public service, and I think that those are good in that they can cross a wide range of age groups and just provide a creative outlet, a purposeful outlet for building community,” said Brodsky Schur.

Blanchette said many teachers she has spoken to will not be focusing on their 9-11 instruction solely in September.

“Most of them said that while they will probably mention the day, they’d rather teach it at the context of which it happened, which would come at the end of the school year in an American History course,” Blanchette said. “I suspect a lot of teachers will be acknowledging it but keeping the actual teaching of it where it fits chronologically.”

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