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Schoolchildren Get ‘Trivia Questions' About 9/11 Attack (a "happy commemorative event")
New York Sun ^ | 08/08/06 | KELLY BIT

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; Politics/Elections; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911; 911anniversary; celebrate911; childrenrourfuture; funwithterrorism; islam; islamoganda; pc; politicalcorrectness; politicallycorrect; publicshool; sicksicksick; youbrainondrugs
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1 posted on 08/08/2006 9:15:39 AM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Harding should've aimed higher...


2 posted on 08/08/2006 9:18:31 AM PDT by TomServo ("Uh, Donner, party of three please.")
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To: presidio9

So I take it they also have such a book to initiate discussions on the Holocaust?


3 posted on 08/08/2006 9:19:49 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: presidio9

What is wrong with some people?


4 posted on 08/08/2006 9:19:55 AM PDT by hiramknight (going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordian...Schwarpskoff)
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To: presidio9

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.


5 posted on 08/08/2006 9:20:02 AM PDT by Merry
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To: presidio9

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?


6 posted on 08/08/2006 9:22:02 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: presidio9

Here's a math equation that should make everyone happy:

USA - All Muslims = A good start


7 posted on 08/08/2006 9:22:31 AM PDT by AbeKrieger (Liberals are the Mongol herds destroying America from within.)
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To: presidio9

"a happy 9/11 commemorative event,"

Which word does not belong in above sentence?


8 posted on 08/08/2006 9:22:42 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: Merry

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.


9 posted on 08/08/2006 9:23:14 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: presidio9

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?


10 posted on 08/08/2006 9:23:17 AM PDT by Merry
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To: 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.

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.

11 posted on 08/08/2006 9:23:58 AM PDT by b4its2late (Liberals are as confused as a hungry baby in a topless bar.)
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To: Merry

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.


12 posted on 08/08/2006 9:25:34 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: presidio9
How about this for a trivia question for the kiddies:

During the Presidency of Bill Clinton how many terrorist attacks were essentially ignored by the administration, thus encouraging Islamists to get bolder, which eventually lead to the 9/11 attacks?
13 posted on 08/08/2006 9:26:20 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: Merry

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).


14 posted on 08/08/2006 9:26:22 AM PDT by Cyclopean Squid (Being That Guy so you don't have to.)
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To: presidio9
What a bunch of Whiffle heads
15 posted on 08/08/2006 9:28:42 AM PDT by tophat9000 (If it was illegal French Canadians would La Raza back them? Racist back their race over country)
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To: presidio9

good grief. Maybe they should do a Holocaust one too. geesh


16 posted on 08/08/2006 9:29:04 AM PDT by GeronL (http://www.mises.org/story/1975 <--no such thing as a fairtax)
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To: presidio9

No wonder boys are losing interest in school.


17 posted on 08/08/2006 9:29:17 AM PDT by ansel12 (Life is exquisite... of great beauty, keenly felt.)
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To: presidio9
I have often thought that there wasn't nearly enough "fun" in the 9/11 massacre. The fear, anger, horror, and pain associated with the whole day seemed to have completely washed over any level of "fun" that may have been present for me in that day. Maybe if we can make it seem more "fun", then the left won't be so reluctant to remember it and talk about it, so long as we don't use it as an excuse to kill terrorists, right?

* NOTE: in case you hadn't noticed, this post is wrought with sarcasm.


NEVER FORGET
18 posted on 08/08/2006 9:31:43 AM PDT by Sopater (Creatio Ex Nihilo)
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To: Merry
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.

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.

19 posted on 08/08/2006 9:32:39 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: presidio9
never forget
20 posted on 08/08/2006 9:32:52 AM PDT by backinthefold (David, a teenage Jew, beat Goliath, a 9 foot tall palestine, with a rock and faith in God)
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To: presidio9
"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."

Ole Monica started out great, but when she got to the part about "healing activities" I started to twitch, and was totally confused when she got around to denigrating "doing a booklet."

I am forced to conclude that Monica, like so many women, can't think logically, and if she can, she can't articulate her thoughts for squat.

How does one "do a booklet"? Will I be banned for asking?
21 posted on 08/08/2006 9:34:46 AM PDT by Xenalyte (who is having the best day ever!)
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To: presidio9

Weil, Gotshal was involved in this?

I think the idea of keeping 9/11 in the mind of kids - who were probably too young to really understand it when it happened - is good, but they should have examined the content a little better. I grew up in the 50s, and we never had a "fun Pearl Harbor Day," even though the Japanese were no longer a threat at that time.

Islam still is a threat, btw.


22 posted on 08/08/2006 9:35:45 AM PDT by livius
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To: presidio9

It's the old Commie trick. Take a notable athlete, a hero figure, have the athlete push the party line to impressionable youngsters. And it is happening in the NAU!!!!


23 posted on 08/08/2006 9:37:34 AM PDT by Paperdoll (........Washington Staters, Vote for McGavick!)
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To: presidio9; wagglebee; Tired of Taxes; DaveLoneRanger; Republicanprofessor

This is in the poorest taste.

What's next, a playground game about slavery?


24 posted on 08/08/2006 9:37:35 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: hiramknight

God forbid that they are told the truth; it might traumatize the kids. They would need to hire trauma counselors.


25 posted on 08/08/2006 9:39:08 AM PDT by jschwartz
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To: presidio9

One word comes to mind here. "Creepy!"


26 posted on 08/08/2006 9:40:07 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Bring your press credentials to Qana, for the world's most convincing terrorist street theater.)
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To: presidio9

If Weil, Gotshal & Manges is involved, it can't be good. Same goes for Skadden and Shearman & Sterling. Actually, any fancy pants nyc law firm is suspect.


27 posted on 08/08/2006 9:40:21 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: presidio9
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,"

And the marginalizing of the importance of Sept. 11 continues unabated.
28 posted on 08/08/2006 9:43:15 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Get off my lawn!)
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To: Sopater

This is such a great idea, let's carry it further!

A "Fun with the Holocaust" activity book is in order.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you hadn't noticed, we are surrounded by idiots.


29 posted on 08/08/2006 9:44:53 AM PDT by SerpentDove (No weapon forged against Israel will prevail. - Isaiah 54:17)
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To: presidio9

What the ____? You can't make this stuff up but are that many people that terminally stupid??? Letter writing time.


p.s. - never did like Nancy Kerrigan, either. :-D


30 posted on 08/08/2006 9:45:44 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: SerpentDove

"Fun with the Holocaust" Joke book:

Knock, knock!

Who's there?

Aha! Here's where they're hiding!


31 posted on 08/08/2006 9:47:05 AM PDT by SerpentDove (No weapon forged against Israel will prevail. - Isaiah 54:17)
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To: presidio9

Trivia/trivial questions:
What percentage of the NYFD was killed on 9/11?
What percentage of the 9/11 hijackers were illegal aliens?

I'm sure we can come up with some more....


32 posted on 08/08/2006 9:52:50 AM PDT by ibbryn (this tag intentionally left blank)
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To: presidio9

If this pamphlet ends up in my children's classrooms September....

You will be seeing me in the newspapers and on TV.

more than likely, any quote of mine will be edited due to FCC violations.


33 posted on 08/08/2006 9:55:10 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: SueRae
I never liked Nancy "the skating savant" Kerrigan, either.
34 posted on 08/08/2006 9:56:24 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts ("Liberals see what they believe... Conservatives believe what they see")
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To: presidio9

"Math questions?" Even before I got to the quote from the lady who lost her husband in the attacks, my son was shouting this. He was 7 when it happened. I have a wonderful postcard I have had for eight years that shows a U.S. flag in front of World Trade Center. He was 10 before he could look at that postcard. When it first happened he built up his Legos and kept crashing his toy plane into them. He didn't understand what had really happened.(in talking to other women they have said their
boys did the same thing. I guess it was a way to work things out) He was trying to figure out how that plane could have crashed that way.
My husband and I explained it to him as best as we could.
A year later he still couldn't really comprehend it.
It's something that he still gets emotional about.
His siblings were to young to remember what happened that day. But, even my 8 year old daughter was disgusted by the thought of this book.
So, my son's gagging noises before the article was finished pretty much sums it up.




35 posted on 08/08/2006 10:00:42 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: presidio9

This crap is brought to you by the 'coalition' WTC group, a la Hillary Clinton. This group does nothing but propagandize and milk monies.

Mein Führer, Hillary, did you own the board game, Kill the Jew, while growing up?


36 posted on 08/08/2006 10:05:16 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Xenalyte
How does one "do a booklet"? Will I be banned for asking?

Maybe she's equating it with something like filling out a MadLibs book or some such thing.

As far as her healing activities comment, that lost me too. The very term brings to mind those weird "trust exercises" they make you do on "team building" corporate outings (like falling backwards, blindfolded, expecting folks to catch you, etc.)

37 posted on 08/08/2006 10:23:02 AM PDT by RepoGirl ("Bobby, if you weren't my son... I'd hug you...")
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To: Calpernia
This crap is brought to you by the 'coalition' WTC group, a la Hillary Clinton. This group does nothing but propagandize and milk monies.

"In the clues for the "word search," Mayor Giuliani's name is misspelled"


38 posted on 08/08/2006 10:30:19 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9

I wouldn't vote for him for President.

I DO invite him to run for NJ Governor.

Of all the LCR's, he is the only one I like.

And our electorate is locked up so we can never get a conservative.


39 posted on 08/08/2006 10:32:47 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

I wouldn't vote for him either, but my point was that Hillary is trailing Giuliani in most NY polls for president. She can not possibly win without NY.


40 posted on 08/08/2006 10:35:07 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9
I have tried and tried and worked at it really hard, but there's just no way I can wrap my head around the mindset of these people.

How in the He11 can ANYBODY consider the death of 3000 Americans a "a happy commemorative event?"

Blows me away.

The kids should look at this instead of coloring books.

41 posted on 08/08/2006 10:38:24 AM PDT by upchuck (Rooooooooters ~ Giving smoke and mirrors a bad name since 1937.)
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To: HungarianGypsy; weegee

And BTW, we're not talking about toddlers or Kindergardeners here. If the kids are old enough to be doing word searches and connect the dots they are old enough to be told and understand that Osama killed a lot of Americans that day. Commemorate that.


42 posted on 08/08/2006 10:39:19 AM PDT by presidio9 (“The term ‘civilians’ does not exist in Islamic religious law.”)
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To: presidio9

I understood. She hates him.


43 posted on 08/08/2006 10:41:13 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: presidio9

Then I guess they will start stringing pinatas to celebrate Oklahoma City. And don't forget the festive December 7 gifts and candies.


44 posted on 08/08/2006 10:43:42 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Creation "science" has a final answer--adherence to the scriptures. All other data are discarded.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
What's next, a playground game about slavery?

A role playing game about BillyJeff and Monica -- oh wait, they're already teaching that.

45 posted on 08/08/2006 10:44:20 AM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: weegee
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.

If true, that makes her stupid as hell.

46 posted on 08/08/2006 10:46:34 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (I gigged your peace frog.)
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To: presidio9

Only a dipsh*t liberal could come up with this idea.

GOD help us !


47 posted on 08/08/2006 10:47:11 AM PDT by Veeram (why the does the left HATE America ?)
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To: Cyclopean Squid

Not only that, he warped Germany's history and science to conform to ideology, such as the efforts of the Ahnenerbe.


48 posted on 08/08/2006 11:00:02 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

What comes after making it "fun"?

How about pretending like it didn't happen at all.


49 posted on 08/08/2006 12:53:47 PM PDT by MellenG
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To: presidio9
Hmmmmmmmmmm, according to the article, 13 Olympic ice skaters endorsed the fund raiser at which the $200K for the booklet was raised. Thing is, the money was originally intended to assist families in finding their loved ones among the missing. When the victims were determined to be dead, the dear Ms. Modlin HAD to spend the donation somehow, and this is what she comes up with???

NONE of the persons involved in the fund raising are jumping up and down screaming mad???

50 posted on 08/08/2006 6:29:38 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (Suicide Bomb Instructor: "Now pay attention, I'm only gonna do this once...")
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