Teaching 9/11

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(Sacramento, CA)
Sunday, September 10, 2006

Most elementary schools don’t teach students about September 11th. That happens when kids get a little older and enter 7th grade – around age 13. 

"There are students who don’t necessarily have a lot of knowledge of what happened at 9/11."

Tom Funk teaches humanities at Toby Johnson Middle School in Elk Grove. His current students were in 2nd grade when the attacks happened five years ago. 

"And at that age it wasn’t always appropriate to bring a 7 year old into the story of 9/11. But by the time they get to 7th and 8th grade this becomes part of some important cultural knowledge." 

Funk shows his students a 10-minute slide show he put together with various images of September 11th

"It goes on to help them see how it was a tragic act but yet an act that did bring America together."

He says by presenting the facts of what happened on 9-11 and what’s happened since the attacks, his students will be equipped to decide whether the war in Iraq is appropriate based on their own critical thinking.