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Teaching The Attacks of Sept. 11 To Students Who Didn’t Live Through Them

NPR – Eric Westervelt

“”Never forget” became a national rallying cry after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Yet America’s schools — where collective memory is shaped — are now full of students who never knew. Because they weren’t alive 15 years ago. As such, many teachers struggle with whether and how to teach the attacks and their aftermath. According to one survey, only about 20 states include anything in depth about the events of that fateful day in their high school social studies curriculum. And when they are taught, critics say, it’s often through a narrow lens. Ask students born after 2001 what they know about the attacks, and many admit they have big knowledge gaps — gaps that they also want filled in.”(more)

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