Skip to comments.Teachers struggle for lessons on 9/11 for students too young to remember
Posted on 09/16/2011 3:13:40 AM PDT by ImNotLying
"Mrs. Judd? How come they flew into the towers?" Joan Judd spent her summer vacation preparing for questions like that from her fourth-grade class in Milford, N.Y.
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Considering that there are teachers who DO NOT want a CERTAIN organization by the name of CAIR getting all worked up.
Exactly. So Miss Judd, just how tough is the plain, simple truth? Isn’t this the perfect snapshot of the larger problem with our society as a whole right now?
You mean it wasn’t evil Amish flying them as protests against commercialism and the moral degredation of capitalism?
Learn something new every day.
My son(12) was told that we were attacked and now hated by the Muslim world for our defense of Israel and our trade policy with the Arab Nations.
I penned a letter.
As a former educator, I can sympathize with this. It’s not so much political correctness, it’s trying not to freak 5 and 6 year olds out.
It’s a hard presentation. While I don’t believe in hiding the truth, these are still innocents and they already have enough monsters living under the bed.
During Gulf War 1, my young daughter was convinced Saddam Hussein was coming to get her in her bed. Vivid imagination, that one!
“It’s a touchy subject, and it is largely up to individual teachers to decide whether they want to touch it at all.”
Mrs Judd, How do you teach WWII and the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese? Or is that a touchy subject also and you just don’t teach it at all? Let’s just leave all those ugly, touchy historical facts out of the history books and everybody will be happy.
The lesson is easy.
They’re struggling with how to NOT teach it...in order to be “politically correct”.
These were fourth graders, not 5 year olds. At what age can we start to teach history? They want us to teach sex education to elementary students now, why not HISTORY?
This twit needs to find another job...get away from our children.
Mrs. Judd, do you agonize over what to tell them about homosexuality? How about abortion?
Facts are touchy???
Facts are touchy???
Anyone who teaches or has had taught younger kids, grade 4 and under, to translate what you said are in a bind or struggle with what to do, because there was so much horror to that day itself and after only 10 years, it is still a raw subject.
Even in grade 5, which I remember growing up, USA history starts to get taught, you got to easy with presenting the subject because of the toughness of it.
From what I read, not suprised about your daugther having had fear during PG War 1, that Saddam Hussein was though to have been what was called a “boggie man”. I was thinking also the Bin Ladin was called that a little over a decade later by the little kids at the time.
Are you ever off base! My teacher, Mr. Bluto told us the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.
What is with these inadequate, soft-headed, PC, numb-minded “educators”? Just be honest with the kids. moozlum terrorists hate non-moozlums and killed thousands because of their hatred. The kids must learn to deal with reality. Do you want a nation of wimpy children who can’t face anything??? (just like this “educator”)
I have a BIG problem with sex education being taught to little ones. I’m a huge history buff — I’m not against talking about 9/11 — it’s just hard to do with the younger kids.
Within our history curriculum, 4th graders learn pre-history to the Civil War and 5th graders learn from the Civil War to the present. Our state tends to be conservative, and I haven’t noticed any PC doctrine in the elementary school. Teachers at the high school are a different story, though!
9/11 could be discussed at any grade, but currently it is not officially part of our standards for younger grades. These kids are learning about our founders like Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and other historical figures like Johnny Appleseed, Lincoln, Lewis and Clark and MLK. 3rd graders learn about ancient Greek culture and it’s influence on the American Government system. 2nd graders learn about our state history and native Indian tribes. I have found that it’s pretty solid.
This isn’t Activism.
"Well, Johnny, they wanted to kill infidels. They are Muslims who read this book (lifting copy of the Koran). Infidels are Christians, Jews and people who don't believe in anything; and won't change their minds about it. Even if you did change your mind you could still be killed because there are different groups of Muslims and they hate each other because people in each group think the others aren't following all the rules in this book (lifting copy of the Koran). The best thing you can do is stay far away from Muslims. They are not good people."
Somehow I doubt Mrs. Judd’s grandmother had any problem at all answering little Johnnie’s question in December 1951: “Mrs. Judd, why did the Japs bomb Pearl Harbor?”
Odd, no one seemed to struggle in the late 40”s and into the 50’s and 60’s with lessons from Pearl Harbor!
They also are aware that withholding the full truth is a form of lying, whether the person telling it is aware or not that it isn't truthful.
They also know what political correctness is and that it is a form of lying.
“Because they hate us, Timmy.”
There, Miz Judd, solved your quandry.
“Well Timmy, you see, there are a bunch of Satanic people who call themselves Muslims and they hate most other people. I don’t know if all Muslims believe this way, but I do know that most Muslims are pretty mum about standing up to the fanatical ones. Anyway, their religion teaches them that if they kill those other people they hate then they will get to go to heaven. Their religion also teaches that I should be killed for not wearing a half-bolt of cloth over my head. Now, as if that weren’t dangerous enough, their leaders know this about the people they lead and their leaders, most of them, don’t really believe but they do like having power and they want power over the world. They would have you and your family killed just for being American. It’s a dangerous world Timmy,” replied Mrs. Judd.
“Timmy,” said Mrs. Judd wishing it were later in the day so she could be done, “don’t worry about it. It was mostly George Bush’s fault.” She looked appraisingly at the lad and ran her fingers through his curly hair. “How old are you now? You’re getting tall, starting to look like your dad. What are you doing later? Want to go out for drinks?”
Jesus loves you; Allah, Mohammed, and Islam want you DEAD!
“Timmy,” said Mrs. Judd, “in honor of 9/11 we’re going to talk about Chaz Bono and her courageous decision to become a man. They hurt those great big towers, phallic-symbols really, in response to our repressive society and the fact that some Christians think like they do.”
Ding, ding, ding, we have a winnah!
It’s not too hard. Just tell them a bunch of stupid, crazy, murdering pigs who came from third world pestholes attacked us because they’re all miserable failures. There...that wasn’t too difficult.