Teaching about 9/11 in 2011: What Our Children Need to Know
By Richard Rodriguez , Andrew J. Rotherham , William Damon , William Galston , Lamar Alexander , Victor Davis Hanson , Katherine Kersten , Lucien Ellington , Craig Kennedy , Walter Russell Mead / September 7, 2011
Filed under: Curriculum & Instruction
Any number of organizations are offering advice about what to teach schoolchildren about the events of September 11, 2001, yet most sorely miss the mark. Fordham's publication, "Teaching about 9/11 in 2011: What Our Children Need to Know," highlights the danger of slighting history and patriotism in the rush to teach children about tolerance and multiculturalism. It combines ten short essays by distinguished educators, scholars, and public officials from our 2003 report, "Terrorists, Despots, and Democracy: What Our Children Need to Know," essays that feel more timely than ever, and includes a new introduction by Chester E. Finn, Jr. reflecting on how the lessons of these essays apply today.