September 11th, 2009


Today marks the eighth anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Those of us writing the date today at the top of notebook pages and papers will feel its impact. Eight years is a long time, and as September 11th fades in our cultural memory, it becomes more and more important to decide how we will remember it.

The September 11th Education Trust is a non-profit started by the families of those who died in the attacks, dedicated to creating a way of talking about September 11th in schools. On the “Teaching 9/11″ website, educators can purchase the curriculum and engage in dialogues about the best way to represent 9/11 to students. The curriculum language promises “activities for understanding 9/11 as history, debating the government’s role during disasters, discussing the nature of heroism, evaluating foreign policy vis-a-vis national security, and clarifying how informed citizens can take beneficial action.” We strongly suggest that you follow the link below to watch some of the video footage collected for the curriculum, which includes interviews with Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton. Some of it is, not unexpectedly, quite difficult to watch.


Remembrance Presentation

The program is being tested this year in several states, and is working well in New Jersey, according to Newark radio. In Brooklyn, New Yorkers are remembering September 11th with a concert curated by Brooklyn Arts Council. The BAC chose twenty songs by local musicians, including a fourth-grade student. Go here to listen to Hilary Hawke’s “This Country.”

Teaching 9/11
September 11th Memorial Sing
Brooklyn Ceremony To Mark 9/11 In Song

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