Sunday, September 12, 2010
Remembering the past is vital to our being. Honoring those that have fallen a patriotic tradition. The fifth graders I teach now did not experience September 11, 2001. How I remember that year. My first year teaching. The realization that everything changed in one moment. I was headed to Jenks Wild (an environmental camp) and it was three days before I saw the horrific pictures of people jumping out of the towers and the airplanes heading toward the towers. Nothing prepares a person for those images. My question is how do you delicately teach this to students who are so impressionable? This wasn't a video game. People died. Perhaps it can be taught through my writer's workshop--through a memoir entry. Our lives as Americans changed that day. I hope the zealots wanting to burn the Quran realize that burning this book will not bring the people who died that day or in the Wars back. We have spent nine years trying to heal. Let's continue it.