Wow. Today was emotionally draining. September Eleventh was such a surreal day, and I’m sure we all have our personal recollections. After the initial immersion of news and information about 9/11, I began to remove myself from the actual event. I could only take so much, really. Even the movies about Flight 93 and the first responders seemed too… surreal. Teaching 9/11 as a historical event today shed a different light on it, and reminded me of some significant lessons we learned from it. At least, those worth sharing with students in a 40 minutes lesson:
- The timeline of events. So many students didn’t realize the what/where/when/who of the attacks.
- The reasons for the attacks. Much of this is political, but the very basic fact of 9/11 being a very public salvo of Osama bin Laden’s holy war cannot be ignored. As Mr. Safranski stated: “students know more about OBL’s killing, than why he was killed.”
- How many children were affected by the attacks. Nearly 3,000 children were orphaned as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
- How we remember 9/11, the people we lost, and the amount of support and love united this nation in the hours and weeks which followed 9/11.
- The need to talk to parents and families about this. So many of you share personal stories and reflections that I cannot begin to discuss. Please, take some time and discuss your memories of 9/11 and
A few songs to remember 9/11 by. The first is Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” a song about a NY Firefighter who gave his last painful breaths for his fellow New Yorkers. The second is Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning,” a pretty powerful reminder about how I, personally, felt on 9/11.
And finally, a few links which provide a plethora of information.