September 11 2001
September 10, 2010 by USA Post
Daniel Maley is bringing to the class of a simple device: a piece of yellow caution tape that found on the ground in Somerset, Pennsylvania. Where one of the hijacked planes crashed. The police tape in a movie is showing high school students, so it stops there and takes the tape, along with photos of his visit to the place one month after the 2001 attacks.
“Students are always more interesting when it was on a personal level,” says Mr. Maley, professor of Geopolitical Studies of the elderly in Hatboro-Horsham High School, near Philadelphia.
Start the discussion by asking what they remember about that day. The main issue tends to arise: Why attack us? So throughout the term that helps them think critically about the complicated history of t*rror*sm, the difference between Islamic terrorists and the vast Muslim community, and forms of U.S. actions is seen worldwide.
“My goal would ultimately they are diplomats, in the sense that they will seek solutions to these problems, instead of [Let's initial response] ‘let’s just go bomb em’, ‘” he says.
For educators question the best way to make the anniversary of a teachable moment, a coalition of 9 / 11 organizations have created curricula appropriate to age in subjects ranging from art to social studies. They are available online at www.911dayofservice.org. More than 6,500 teachers have downloaded the plans so far.
A high school lesson on the site has students deepen the Committee Report 9 / 11. Middle school focuses on figurative language in 2002, Bruce Springsteen songs in response to 9 / 11. Elementary students read a poem illustrated on land near St. Paul’s Chapel zero, which became a home base for rescue workers.
In the videos on the website, students can learn first hand of a police officer in New York in service that day and a director who had to evacuate the school in the middle of the ash cloud.
Embedded in the lessons are ways that students can examine the acts of service to turn a tragedy into an opportunity. “Teaching about 9 / 11 and t*rror*sm can be scary stuff for teachers and students…. [But] the best way to combat that fear … is to train our youth to help them see they can do a difference, “said Maryellen Salamone, who lost her husband in 9 / 11 and co-founder of the Action Initiative in April, which helped develop the lessons.
The private school Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City is conducting a meeting on Friday, where students of English creative writing professor Joel Long submit poems that have been written after studying poetry forged in the wake of 9 / 11, as Galway Kinnell from “When the towers fell.”
“Maybe I’m idealistic of what art can do,” says Long, “but I think that poetry can contain the germ of what matters.”
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