The toughest lesson of the year
Today is the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks and, while it is unlikely to receive the national attention associated with last year’s decennial, teachers around the nation are tackling one of the most challenging lessons of the year. How do we teach about 9/11? The question will not grow easier with time, as most high school students aren’t even old enough to remember a day adults will never forget. That puts even greater pressure on educators to get it right. Last fall, Fordham published a collection of essays on the subject by noted scholars, journalists, educators, and public officials that we hope will help guide teachers and citizens as we try to faithfully remember and educate about the events of that day.
Also, be sure to watch Fordham Institute President Chester E. Finn, Jr. reflect on the issue: