Skip to comments.Schoolchildren Get ‘Trivia Questions' About 9/11 Attack (a "happy commemorative event")
Posted on 08/08/2006 9:15:36 AM PDT by presidio9
An activity book for children about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks being distributed to schools with funding from Keyspan, North Fork Bank, and the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges contains pages of "trivia questions" and math problems about the attack.
The booklet, funded in part by an event involving Olympic silver medal winner Nancy Kerrigan, is intended to make for "a happy 9/11 commemorative event," said Tara Modlin, the founder of the organization distributing it, Stars, Stripes & Skates."To teach kids about an event so morbid, we needed to make something fun for them," she said.
But the pamphlet is already drawing criticism from at least one victim's family member. Monica Iken, a former elementary school teacher whose husband died in the World Trade Center attacks, called the booklets inappropriate. "It doesn't make sense to me to have young children doing math equations 9/11 related," she said. "Education is for history and telling the story that is appropriate about heroes and the day, not doing activities unless they are healing activities, and not sitting around doing a booklet."
Stars, Stripes & Skates, an organization that hosts an annual ice-skating fund-raiser that commemorates the September 11 attacks, is currently distributing 10,000 booklets, which include math equations involving the numbers nine and 11, a connect-the-dot exercise that shows New York's old skyline, a word search for keywords such as "Osama bin Laden," "Twin Towers," and "Taliban," and various "trivia questions." The booklets are being delivered to schools and ice rinks across the Northeast.
In the clues for the "word search," Mayor Giuliani's name is misspelled.
Ms. Modlin said her main goal was to use "child-friendly articles" to inspire children to ask questions of their parents and guardians about September 11th. "It's a tough word, Osama
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Harding should've aimed higher...
So I take it they also have such a book to initiate discussions on the Holocaust?
What is wrong with some people?
I don't remember anyone making WWII a fun event for me to learn about when I was in school. I am very worried about generations of children being taught distorted history. Even young children can handle the truth.
The math trivia section includes equations that show "relationships" between "the mystery number 11" and the attacks, such as "9/11, 9+1+1 =," which children should find equals 11.
Was this section written by Louis Fahrakahn?
Here's a math equation that should make everyone happy:
USA - All Muslims = A good start
"a happy 9/11 commemorative event,"
Which word does not belong in above sentence?
The problem is that the elephant in the room is that there is a reluctance to point fingers of blame or to admit that something catastrophic could happen again.
I guess we should be grateful that the booklet doesn't have a picture of President Bush putting a bomb in the WTC. Is Kerrigan one of those nutty 9/11 deniers?
Word of advice - Before giving money to any of these groups that want to do a children's book, see what you are paying for first, or you'll probably pay double later.
From the article it appears that she was a volunteer for a fundraiser. It doesn't sound like she was hands on in the development of the book.
In Hitler's Table Talk, Hitler laid out a plan that he would not allow conquered peoples to learn any of their history. To deprive the youth a sense of history is the first step in eradicating any concept of the nation and with it patriotism, the notion of traditionalism, and a sense of rights/liberties. This would make them perfect for the economic slavery which was to be their destiny.
Instead of having no history taught, nowadays it is fashionable to teach watered-down and revisionist history. The ends are the same, and the means might be even more effective (as it seeks to destroy patriotism rather than cause it to be forgotten).
good grief. Maybe they should do a Holocaust one too. geesh
No wonder boys are losing interest in school.
A decade ago when our first was in high school, I would have conniptions over his history book. Events I lived through were already being distorted. Our other one was in elementary school during 9/11. Their teacher always had the tv on FOX so the class all saw it as it happened so have a pretty good grasp of what really occurred.